A complaint filed Friday with the District Attorney’s Office says that a complete review of Metro Councilman Bo Mitchell’s campaign finance statements “might be in order” after his campaign treasurer allegedly illegally signed as a witness on various financial disclosures.
The complaint, filed by Alice Gadler, cites state law that mandates, “The treasurer shall not be authorized to sign as a witness.” But Mitchell’s treasurer, Chastity Mitchell, who is also his wife, signed as a witness on several of the Bellevue-area councilman’s financial disclosure statements, as the complaint points out.
Susan Niland, District Attorney Torry Johnson’s spokeswoman, confirmed the office had received the complaint. She said an attorney has been tasked with reviewing it.
Mitchell, facing a re-election challenge from former Metro Planning Department commissioner Tonya Jones, chalked the mistake up as a “clerical error.” The election is Aug. 4.
Mitchell said he was alerted to the financial-disclosure error on Saturday. He said he arrived at the Davidson County Election Commission office at 8:20 a.m. Monday and corrected the mistake.
"They’ve got the new documents, and it’s fixed.” Mitchell said. “I apologize for the error.”