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Ex-Superintendent to Pay $2,000 Fine for Violating Campaign Laws

Former Sumner Superintendent Gil Mendoza agreed to pay $2,000 in fines for sending illegal mailings during the fall 2011 school board race.

On Thursday, the state Public Disclosure Commission determined that former Sumner Superintendent Gil Mendoza failed to comply with state political campaign laws and fined him for the violation.

Mendoza agreed to pay $2,000 of the $4,500 fine. The Commission suspended the additional $2,500 so long as Mendoza pays the remainder within two weeks of the ruling and doesn’t commit any other violations in the next four years.

The actions occurred during the 2011 school board race, due to . The PDC complaint was filed by Board president Sherm Voiles.

When the PDC reached a resolution on Thursday, it was determined Mendoza committed the following acts:

  • He paid for and distributed more than 24,000 mailings supporting Paul Buchich, Casey Chamberlain and Rick Hendricks, while opposing two other candidates. All three are current board members but were up for election at that time.
  • The mailers were signed Citizens Advocating a Responsible Education System (CARES) and did not include Mendoza’s name.
  • He spent more than $8,000 on the project.
  • After the PDC investigation began, Mendoza filed his required paperwork 14 days late.
Immaculate Ferreria-Allah June 30, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Dr. Gil Mendoza is awesome! Our family just adores him and misses him as our Superintendent!! No one can do a better job...no one.
Immaculate Ferreria-Allah June 30, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Our school district needs a new Board President.
Sara July 01, 2012 at 05:53 AM
I think that Dr. Mendoza should consider a run for school board. I know an awful lot of people who would vote for him.
BLHS Parent July 01, 2012 at 03:45 PM
huh? since when is the integrity of a man not an issue? how can any of you support a man who lied and deceived? what kind of kool aid are you drinking? I don't care whether you liked the man or disliked him prior to his departure. I am still shocked at how low of standards people hold for someone in a position like his. I am just disappointed they didn't throw the book at him. He admitted to wrong doing, his motives are now made clear, he admitted to lying and deceiving, ... what hasn't he admitted to that he did while he was superintendent ... and you would want him back or have him run for school board. What is going on with your judgement down in Sumner as a community. Nuts.
Elaine Biggerstaff July 01, 2012 at 06:40 PM
What a sorry role model for children. Is this the kind of person parents want as leaders for their children? If so, I can't imagine what the futures for these children are going to be.

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