Town Republicans filed a State Elections Enforcement Commission complaint against the Monroe Democratic Town Committee charging that Board of Education candidate Jason Maur violated a state statute when he retained his position as treasurer for the DTC.
Maur issued a response below:
I write this response not only in reply to an SEEC complaint being filed, but also, and more importantly, as a concerned long-time resident of the Town of Monroe. First, let me very briefly address the alleged violations in this complaint. Three of the four statutes mentioned by Mr. Guttman in no way deal with either my position as Treasurer nor my candidacy. § 9-601(26) is a definition of the word solicit, § 9-610(i) deals with Lobbyists (which I am not) and § 9-622(11) deals with Department Heads (which I am not).
While § 9-606(d) does state that a Treasurer cannot be a candidate, it also states, in the very same sentence, an exemption from that rule for a candidate who is exempt from forming a candidate committee under subsection (b) of section 9-604 (which I am) and has filed a certification that the candidate is financing the candidate’s campaign from the candidate’s own personal funds or is not receiving or expending in excess of one thousand dollars may perform the duties of a campaign treasurer for the candidate’s own campaign. I can assure you, that I fit squarely within this exemption and am in full compliance with all regulations set forth by the SEEC and State Statutes.Now for the important part, I am writing as a concerned resident of our town. Mr. Guttman's complaint is a prime example of the tit for tat politics currently preventing our town from making progress. This back and forth political game needs to stop. Instead of searching for each and every way to try to undermine other people, we should be working together to move Monroe forward. I have run a clean campaign in every sense of the word. I am running for Board of Education because I truly want to make Monroe a better place to live not only for our students, not only for our parents, but for every resident in this town.
Instead of working against each other, when I am on the Board of Education I plan to work not only with all of my fellow board members, whomever they may be, but also the teachers, administrators, and most importantly the people of Monroe to make sure we are not only providing a quality education, but also creating a town people want to move into and stay in, increasing our population, increasing our revenue, and in return lowering our taxes.
I can't do it alone. However, with the support of the people of Monroe and with a little teamwork, we can revitalize this town. A town that offered me countless opportunities. A town that I want nothing more than to return the favor for everything this town gave to me. A town that I look forward to serving. Thank you for your time.