Ethics Commission Rejects Ellsworth Candidate’s Appeal

ELLSWORTH — The state Commission on Governmental Ethics last Thursday rejected City Councilor Matthew Boucher’s appeal of the commission’s decision to deny him Clean Election status.


Had he been granted Clean Election status, Boucher’s campaign for state representative would have received public funding. Boucher said $1,100 was at stake.

The commission denied Boucher Clean Election status because he missed the April 21 filing deadline by 30 minutes.

Boucher’s appeal of that ruling cited the amount of time the Ellsworth city registrar took to validate the signatures of those who signed his nomination papers. Boucher had turned those signatures in for verification on the morning of April 21 — the day validated papers had to be submitted to the Ethics Commission in Augusta.

He said that by the time he left City Hall he didn’t have enough time to make it to Augusta before the commission’s 5 p.m. deadline. He said he received word by phone, second-hand, that it would be OK if he arrived after 5.

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