Residents file complaints against Norman councilman

Two Norman residents have lodged complaints that city council member Tom Kovach violated an ethics ordinance during the recent mayoral campaign.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: April 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm •  Published: April 4, 2013
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Kovach says he was acting personally and not as a council member when he accepted consulting fees to aid Sherman in his mayoral campaign.

He contends the mass email was to alert residents to a possible violation of the Open Meeting Act “in the interests of transparency in government” and had nothing to do with the mayor's race.

Bryant said he hopes to have a legal opinion about the complaints ready by Monday, when the election commission meets at 2 p.m. at city hall, 201 W Gray St.

The commission is charged with looking into complaints filed against candidates, as well as examining contribution and expenditure reports filed by candidates.

Rosenthal won a third three-year term Tuesday, defeating Sherman and candidate David Kempf. She has denied violating the Open Meeting Act and said the accusation was “politics … there's nothing to it.”

by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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