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Jackson supporters involved in elections complaints?



UPDATED: Jim Jackson reached out today to say that he misspoke during a conversation about the campaign Tuesday. He said he didn't mean to say "we" and reiterated that he was not involved in the complaints filed against Elliott Stern.

Elliott Stern, one of three challengers running against Pinellas School Board member Janet Clark, has been hit with another elections complaint. The first complaint was filed last week.

The latest complaint, filed by Judith Nelson of St. Petersburg, alleges that two of Stern's television ads ran without closed captioning, as required by state law. You can watch the ad here. Nelson declined to comment Wednesday about the complaint. 

But in a conversation about the campaign Tuesday, Jim Jackson, another contender for the District 1 seat, seemed to suggest that he was involved in filing the complaints. He said,  "We filed another complaint yesterday." When asked if that meant he had been involved in both complaints, Jackson acknowledged that he knew the people who had filed them. But he denied any personal involvement.

"I have nothing to do with those complaints," he said. 

Jackson declined to comment on who was involved. 

Complaints to the Florida Elections Commission in Tallahassee are confidential until an investigation has concluded. However, the person who makes the complaint isn't bound by confidentiality. They can make the complaint public. The complaint form lists both the person making the complaint and the subject of the complaint. 

In both cases, neither person listed as making the complaints against Stern wanted to discuss the issue with the Times. The merit of the complaints is likely to be determined after Tuesday's primary.

Also seeking the District 1 seat is Shelly Ladd-Gilbert, a business owner. If no one gets a majority of the vote Tuesday, the top two vote getters will be on the ballot in November. 

[Last modified: Thursday, August 9, 2012 11:34am]


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