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Complaint filed against mayor

May not have listed all property holdings

POSTED: September 20, 2012 12:31 a.m.

The mayor of Cumming says he is taking steps to address a recent complaint lodged against him with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

In a late August filing, Robert Rorke of Cumming contends H. Ford Gravitt failed to document all of his property holdings in the 2010 election financial disclosure documents.

Rorke states in the complaint that Gravitt “indicated three properties (only) that he has direct ownership in” while he says “county property records notes seven additional properties with direct ownership by H. Ford Gravitt.”

Gravitt has until the end of this month to file a response.

Reached Tuesday, the mayor said it was an oversight.

“That’s one of the things that probably was just omitted in the [disclosure] return and that’s in the process of being handled,” he said.

“It just wasn’t filled out with my home and so forth on there and I’m in the process of amending my return, so that’s not an issue.”

Rorke said he filed the complaint because he believes everyone, including elected officials, “should be held accountable” under state law.  

“I’m testing the system to make sure that the politicians that are standing up there and telling us what to do and how to do it, that they abide by the laws that they set,” he said. “I want justice done for the people.”

Holly LaBerge, executive director of the commission, said “there is no way to determine when the case will be resolved.”

She said after an elected official receives a copy of the complaint, he or she has 30 days to file a response with the office.

“After the 30 days has run, our attorney will start working on cases as her work load permits,” she said.



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