Controversy hangs over heated JCPS School Board race

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 8:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Marty Bell, one of five candidates vying for the District 7 JCPS School Board seat that will be vacated by Larry Hujo, is fighting to stay on the ballot after claims he violated election laws.

Bell admits to an email he sent to 80 of his friends, including 30 of them who work for JCPS, asking for support in the race. But because the email was sent to the 30 JCPS email addresses, solicitation of school employees in that form is illegal.

Bell says he snagged the endorsement of five former Jefferson County Teachers Association Presidents, but the current President, Brent McKim, says the union's legal counsel recommended JCTA not interview or endorse Bell because of the legal troubles.

Bell says McKim has a personal issue with him on the ballot and is using his "union war chest" to get him out of the race. McKim denied the claim.

A Circuit Court judge ruled Bell didn't intentionally violate the law so dismissed the criminal charges against him. Bell says a Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's decision Tuesday but WHAS11 couldn't independently confirm that ruling.
 

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