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Sen. Jesse Stone (SD 23): What’ll it be, judge or senator?

Sen. Jesse Stone (SD 23): What'll it be, judge or senator?
November 1, 2014 --

Jesse Stone is a candidate for both the Senate and a Burke County judgeship — a quandary that’s raised questions as to how open he was with constituents when he qualified for re-election. In early March, Stone qualified for re-election to the Senate and denied reports that he was seeking appointment to a State Court vacancy. Later, just hours after qualifying for the Senate closed, Stone announced he’d decided to seek the judgeship after all. He remained ambivalent about whether he’d accept the judicial post until recently stating, after it became a campaign issue, that he’d withdraw his name from consideration if re-elected to the Legislature. (UPDATE: Stone withdrew his name from consideration for the Burke County State Court judgeship a week after winning re-election.)

Senate candidate Diane Evans: Unpaid late fees

Senate candidate Diane Evans: Unpaid late fees
November 1, 2014 --

Diane Evans owes $500 in late filing fees as of October 2014, according to the state ethics commission’s website. The commission does not routinely notify candidates that they owe late fees.

Sen. Ellis Black (SD 8): Undisclosed homes, farmland

Sen. Ellis Black (SD 8): Undisclosed homes, farmland
November 1, 2014 --

At first, Ellis Black’s 2014 personal financial disclosure omitted 491 acres of farmland, including his home, that he transferred to a limited partnership two years earlier. He amended the disclosure in October to include the property after we asked about it. He did not, however, include partial ownership of six single-family homes that he transferred from his own name in 2012. A 1998 attorney general’s opinion holds that a candidate must disclose corporate real estate holdings if he has “a legally enforceable right to use the land for his own personal enjoyment or profit.” Black said he saw no need to disclose the homes because they’re not producing income.

Senate candidate Bikram Mohanty: Undisclosed business property

Senate candidate Bikram Mohanty: Undisclosed business property
November 1, 2014 --

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