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Ethics complaint filed against mayoral candidate Troy Brumbalow
Troy Brumbalow

An ethics complaint has been filed against a Cumming mayoral candidate.

The complaint against candidate Troy Brumbalow alleging “his municipal campaign has both solicited contributions, accepted contributions and made expenditures prior to filing the necessary declaration of intent” and that he violated state transparency laws was filed on Aug. 16 by local resident Jim Grogan.

Brumbalow responded to the complaint in a news release sent on Tuesday, where he said the campaign would be assessed a fine and that he had not been made aware of the issue until recently.

“This failure was brought to my attention yesterday,” he said in the release. “While the state has afforded me 30 days to comply, I want voters to know that steps are already being taken for my campaign to be fully compliant by the end of the week. I want voters to know that the failure to file the necessary finance reports was not intentional and [was] the result of bad information that my campaign treasurer received.”

Officials with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, the agency that received the complaint, said they cannot typically comment on matters that are under review, for which this matter still is.

Grogan could not be reached for comment.

No timeline for a possible decision on the matter is currently available, and the commission can add new charges based on their findings, though those may only be for further information.

Brumbalow, a businessman and South Forsyth High School graduate, is the only candidate to challenge Mayor H. Ford Gravitt for the seat he has held since 1970. Qualifying for the race concluded this week.