NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Current school board member Derrick Hickey did not win a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in the last election, and he's still paying for it.
Hickey is behind on his campaign finance reports, according to the State Board of Elections.
The board recently sent a letter to Hickey stating that he owes $600 in fines and has 20 days to fix the problem before he could be considered inactive. Marvin McFadyen, Director of New Hanover County Board of Elections, clarified that inactive means Hickey would not be able to campaign for office until his previous efforts are paid off.
When reached for comment, Hickey told WECT.com that the issue is resolved and he submitted his paperwork on time. State records show differently.
The state board fined Hickey's $100 for a 3rd quarter finance report that arrived late. However, first offenses are always waived. The state board reissued the fee when Hickey did not turn in his 4th quarter report by deadline either, making his total $600.
McFadyen explained that a second offense in the same election cycle will result in the state board retracting any previous waivers.
Hickey told WECT.com that his campaign finances were all filed on time, even though the county office does still does not have a copy of the 4th quarter report.
Hickey's campaign is not the only one with the state board's attention. The county office recently notified the state that several campaign committees are delinquent with outstanding reports.
"Some of them are simple math problems that just need a few numbers fixed," said McFadyen.
The reason he involved the state is the extra paperwork. McFadyen said his office spends extra time and tax payer money notifying the following groups that they need to correct their paperwork:
The committees listed above to not have any outstanding financial issues, according to McFadyen.
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