“Mr. Carson was assessed $1,000 at the September 17, 2014 meeting for failure to file the Statement of Interests. Mr. Carson has subsequently filed and appeared before the Commission to explain the tardiness of his filing. After the discussion, Mr. [Jim [Stranch made the motion to reconsider and to waive the penalty as it was Mr. Carson’s first time filing. Mr. [Greg] Hardeman seconded and the motion passed 5-0.”
“A few months ago, I learned that each candidate running for public must file a Statement of Interest and submit it to the Tennessee Ethics Commission. I ran for the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee last August 2014 and did not know that I needed to complete a Statement of Interest which was due in September 2014.
“All candidates were required to complete another statement in January 2015 of which I completed and filed on time. Running to serve on the TNDP was my first time running for public office, therefore, that weighed heavily on the final decision of the Tennessee Ethics Commission.”