Sedeno, Flores deal with ethics complaints days before County Commissioner Precinct 3 runoff

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Updated: 7/29/2012 9:47 pm

The Democratic runoff for Lubbock County Commissioner Precinct 3 is just days away, but there is still time for the candidates to have to jump through one more hoop.

As we reported last week, longtime community leader and candidate Lorenzo "Bubba" Sedeno filed an ethics complaint against his opponent, incumbent Gilbert Flores, and said the semi- annual campaign finance report filed by FLores was filed a day late, was incomplete, and had the wrong dates.

"This is all about fair campaign practices," Sedeno said. "You know, being late after being there 16 years, he knows how to do this reporting. He is supposed to know how to do this report."

Flores said primary date changes caused confusion.

"So many dates were set back and forth and it was very confusing not only to us elected officials, but some of the people in general," Flores said. "What is important is that I follow the law like i always have for years."

It looks like the tables have turned. Lubbock resident Armando Gonzales recently filed a complaint against Sedeno, and stated he failed to report contributions and expenditures to the Hispanic voter group La Fuerza.

"Mr. Sedeno on his Facebook said that La Fuerza is a professional group. Okay, if La Fuerza is a professional group, in my opinion, they no longer qualify for personal services," Gonzales said. "If you are a professional, and Mr. Sedeno has made expenditures on that group, then it is an expenditure contribution that he did not list."

"Armando works in the Gilbert Flores campaign," Sedeno said, "and he resorts to this type of hype just as he did when he protested at Richard Calvillo's funeral home back in the May campaign. I have reported every check on money I have received. I have reported them ethically, and I have followed campaign finance law by the book."

The runoff election is Tuesday, and the winner will then go up against Republican candidate Ysidro Gutierrez.

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Onyango - 7/30/2012 7:00 AM
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He failed to mention his connection to La Raza.
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