Election Central: Shelton, Messina, & Washington Subject to Ethics Penalties

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    Mayoral candidate Junior Shelton and Council candidates Wayne Messina and Ralph Washington have each failed to timely file Financial Disclosure or Campaign Finance reports as required by Louisiana Law.  Under Title 18 of Louisiana Law, the Louisiana Election Code, there are automatic financial penalties which may be assessed against Shelton, Messina and Washington.
    Louisiana’s Ethics laws require that every candidate for office file a report detailing contributions received and expenditures made in 2013 campaigning for an elected office.  Junior Shelton failed to timely file this report.  All candidates are also required by Louisiana Law to file Personal Financial Disclosure statements within three days after qualifying ends.  Council candidates Wayne Messina and Ralph Washington, both incumbents, failed to timely file these required reports.