Members of our Board of Education have a fiduciary responsibility to taxpayers to protect their short-term and long-term interest in the school system. This includes the fiscal impact on educational programs as well as impact on the taxpayers. A good school board also makes sure the annual budget protects the future fiscal integrity of the district.
How does this apply to an election you may ask? Maryland state election law requires candidates to file periodic financial reports of contributions and expenses with the State Board of Elections. All these reports are public information accessible at https://elections.maryland.gov/campaign_finance. The purpose of these reports is to provide transparency and allow public trust in a candidate’s campaign. When a candidate fails to submit a required report, they are issued a fine for violation of §13-304 of the Maryland Election Law. These fines accrue daily up to $1,000. The candidate and treasurer are personally liable for the fines and the fines must be paid from the campaign account.
To date, both of my opponents in District 4 (Ann Suthowski and Robert Figliozzi) have failed to submit ANY campaign finance reports. They have both been issued a $1,000 fine for the first occurrence, their second occurrence is still accruing and is at $935 right now, and their third report was due yesterday and fines are beginning on it today.
They were not just late, but have refused after repeated reminders from the state, both via email and USPS mail, to file a report.
How can we expect a board member to be responsible with taxpayer funds when they will not even file a simple required report? If they are willing to waste donor contributions paying these fines, think of what they will be willing to waste of your tax dollars.
In this election we need to elect a representative from District 4 that complies with the law and understands their fiduciary responsibility.