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Miscommunication leads to late filing of ethics paperwork for some first-time candidates

It appears a breakdown in communication between prospective candidates for state office may lead some to losing out on the opportunity to run for a seat in the General Assembly this coming fall.

State Representative Deborah Long, who serves an eastern portion of York County and the panhandle of Lancaster County, says a number of candidates could not find their names on a ballot after a mixup in the filing dates for an economic interest statement.

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First-time candidates were required to file a statement of economic interest by March 30, but a mix-up in the language on the commission’s website led some to think the deadline was April 15.

Long explains the difference.

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Fort Mill resident Raye Felder was one of those first-time candidates who missed the deadline, filing her ethics paperwork on April 9. Long says that in some parts of the state, the issue has been blown out of proportion.

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The ethics commission has since offered a 10-day extension for first-time candidates to submit the additional paperwork.

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