A School board member has filed a complaint with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission against her opponent over delinquent fines and taxes the candidate owed.
Sheila Rowe, who has been on the Board of Education for 19 years, announced in a statement Tuesday that she had filed the complaint against school board candidate Dariel Daniel. Daniel, who had outstanding fines against him for failure to file campaign disclosures, said the issue should be taken care of today.
Rowe called for Daniel to pay his fines, file his disclosures and provide evidence he paid his taxes. Daniel had more than $14,000 in overdue taxes he said came from a baseball card business he owned in Troup County in 2002 and taxes from income he earned while living in Texas, but said last month he had taken care of the matter. His accounting firm, J.K. Boatwright, also issued a statement saying the firm was working on the taxes.
According to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission website at ethics.ga.gov, Daniel had a $65 outstanding fine from his 2004 run for school board and $375 in fines from his current bid for the seat. Daniel was unaware of the fines when contacted by a reporter Tuesday. He later said he contacted the commission and that one of the fees had been waived, notice of his 2004 fee had been sent to the wrong address and he was sending a check overnight to cover the now outstanding $315 for all fees.
A representative at the Campaign Finance Commission was unavailable for comment.
Daniel said he had mailed his campaign contribution to the office and that he has received a total $300 in contributions. He didn’t know that he needed to file contribution reports prior to his qualification as a candidate in May. Two of the $125 fines stemmed from reports due in December and March.
“(Rowe) can file whatever she wants to file, but the total amount is $315 and I’m taking care of that right now,” Daniel said.
Rowe called for Daniel to be investigated for habitual violation of state law requiring the filing of campaign contribution reports. She said Daniel signed an affidavit that he “will not knowingly violate any provisions of the Georgia Election Code” and was “not a defaulter for any federal, state, county, municipal or school system taxes required by such officeholder or candidate.”
“The voters of our district deserve a school board member that follows the law,” Rowe said.
Rowe and Daniel will face face off in a runoff election Aug. 21.