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Aug 19, 2010 4:38 PM by Andy Koen

Board members cleared in brochure flap

An administrative law judge has exonerated three members of the Harrison School Board after it was alleged that they had violated campaign finance laws.

Judge Ted Krumreich denied and dismissed entirely a complaint by Ed Ralston who ran against incumbent board members Deborah Hendrix, Richard Price and Linda Pugh in 2009.

Ralston alleged that the two brochures titled "Promises Made Promises Kept" which were printed and distributed by the district in August and September of 2009 gave his opponents an unfair advantage. 

In his complaint he also said that a candidate committee to re-elect Hendrix, Price and Pugh failed to report a $626 bill paid for by the district for an award luncheon honoring Steve Schuck.

With regard to the brochure, Krumreich ruled that the complaint, which was filed in May, had exceeded the 180 day statute of limitations.

As to the lunch bill, he ruled that there wasn't sufficient evidence to support the claim.

Jennifer Sprague, the Public Information Office for District 2 issued the following statement about the ruling:

"The purpose of district publications is to inform the public about district business and to celebrate our accomplishments. Accountability to our community is one of our Board's priorities, which is why all campaign expenditures and contributions were properly filed with the State. The complaint filed with the State of Colorado was completely baseless, which is why it was denied and dismissed entirely. The Board of Education will continue to do business as they always have, with honesty and the success of our kids as their number one priority."

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