Lawsuit seeks to disqualify Charleston County councilwoman
South Carolina’s ballot fiasco shows no signs of letting up.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Charleston County seeks to remove County Councilwoman Colleen Condon from the November ballot, contending she should not have been certified due to improper filing of required disclosure forms.
At issue are Condon’s “statement of economic interests” forms and whether they were filed before April 15, the deadline for incumbents like her to file.
According to S.C. Ethics Commission records, Condon filed her 2010-12 forms well after that time.
Because of that tardiness, the suit argues, Condon should have been treated as a challenger and required to file her disclosure forms and statement of candidacy at the same time.
The Charleston attorney who filed the suit, Mark Peper, said Condon didn’t file the forms at the same time and should be disqualified.
Condon, a Democrat, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
More than 200 candidates who filed their disclosure forms improperly were removed from the June primary ballot by a May state Supreme Court decision.
Peper, who ran as a Republican for Condon’s seat in 2008, said the suit is not about politics and all about a fair application of the law.
He said more Republicans likely stand to suffer from the precedent to be set by the ruling on the suit than Democrats.
Peper’s client is District 7 resident Jennifer Cull.
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