CLARK COUNTY —
Multiple messages left for Prosecutor Steve Stewart at his office seeking comment were not returned by press time. Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said he was instructed to direct all media inquiries regarding Adams to Stewart.
In a message left with the News and Tribune, Clark County Board of Elections President Kevin Fisher said Adams’ situation is a criminal matter, and that the board is “waiting to see what comes out of the prosecutor’s office.”
Circuit Court Clerk Barbara Bratcher Haas wrote the Indiana Election Division Monday seeking guidance for the board of elections in regard to the News and Tribune’s report on Adams.
“Since the filing period [for campaign paperwork] is not open, does the county election board have reason to hold a meeting?” Haas asked in an email.
“You are correct that the county election board does not do anything yet,” replied Leslie Barnes, co-counsel to the Indiana Election Division. “Even if the candidate filed his or her declaration [of candidacy], the candidate is entitled to run until he or she actually receives a guilty verdict [if otherwise qualified].
“If the candidate has opened his or her committee, the candidate will still owe you an annual report. If the candidate decides to disband his or her committee entirely, then the candidate would owe an outgoing treasurer report within 10 days of disbanding the committee.”
Adams still has not filed a statement of organization, or CFA-1 form, with Clark County Voter Registration, said a voter registration employee Tuesday.
Title 3 of Indiana Code governs campaign finances. Per Indiana Code 3-9, a person who fails to file a report with the proper office commits a class B misdemeanor. Failure to file a CFA-1 form within 10 days of receiving more than $100 in contributions or spending more than $100 for campaign purposes can result in a fine of up to $1,000.