LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A former JCPS top administrator who is now running for Jefferson County school board found himself in a courtroom on Friday facing charges that he violated state law.
Marty Bell is accused of violating state law by soliciting district employees for contributions and services.
Teachers filed a complaint against Bell saying he sent an e-mail to at least 30 district employees asking for support.
Bell took the stand, saying he didn't break any laws and was careful with former co-workers and friends.
"Rhonda was my former administrative assistant, a very, very close friend, and Rhonda if we would have asked would have promised clerical assistance for any of that,” Bell said. “We made it very, very clear that we couldn't ask and wouldn't ask and Rhonda knew that."
The teachers are asking that Bell be disqualified from the race and removed from the ballot.
Judge Olu Stevens has not yet issued a ruling.
Bell worked for JCPS for many years, then joined former Superintendent Stephen Daeschner when he took the top job in Clark County, Ind.