Elections

City Council candidate hasn’t filed finance report in two years, is fined by state

Several candidates for Charlotte City Council District 5 have not filed campaign finance reports, which are required by law so voters can see who is funding a campaign.

Darrell Bonapart, who has run for City Council several times, has not filed a report since the summer of 2015. The N.C. Board of Elections fined Bonapart $100 in 2015 for not filing a report, and $500 this summer for not filing a report that covered 2016.

More fines could be coming. Bonapart’s campaign was also supposed to file other reports. He did not file a mid-year report for 2017, and Mecklenburg County informed the state on Aug. 11. He also did not file a 35-day report in August, and the county informed the state Friday that he didn’t file that report. Bonapart and other candidates have another report due Tuesday.

There are six Democrats running for the open seat to represent Charlotte’s eastside, and four of them have problems with their reports.

Two years ago, Bonapart finished sixth out of 10 candidates in the Democratic primary for four at-large seats. In 2011, he lost the District 5 Democratic primary to John Autry by 66 votes.

Candidates don’t have to file reports if they plan to raise or spend less than $1,000, but they have to file a report saying they intend to do that. Bonapart has not done that.

Bonapart could not be reached for comment Friday.

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Darrell Bonapart is one of six candidates running in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary for the City Council District 5 seat.

The Observer reported earlier this week that Bonapart has had a series of financial problems, most of which have been previously reported.

Records show he owes Citifinancial $7,767 from a 2007 judgment. In 2008 he filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, with liabilities of nearly $124,000. And in 2016 he and his wife faced foreclosure on their house near the old Eastland Mall.

He previously said the financial setbacks stem from 2006, when he was discharged from the Army with a disability.

Three other candidates are late filing reports. Mecklenburg County notified the state about not receiving the reports Friday, after getting a complaint from a resident.

▪  The county has not received a 35-day report from the campaign of Gary Young. It was due Aug. 8.

The county received an earlier report on time, though the county said it had incomplete or missing information.

▪ The county has not received a 35-day report from the campaign of Vinroy Reid. It was due Aug. 8.

The Observer previously reported that Reid’s construction company, V.R. King Construction, is being sued for $3 million by a Cotswold yoga studio.

The owners of Y2 Yoga studio sued him last year for breach of contract and other allegations involving a major renovation project. According to the suit, they’d signed a $1.3 million contract in 2013. Work halted in 2014.

In 2012 the IRS put a lien on his property for $4,939 in unpaid federal taxes.

▪ Kris Chambers-Woodruff has filed his 35-day report, though it was six days late.

The other Democratic candidates, Matt Newton and Scott Jenkins, have filed their reports on time.

The winner of the Sept. 12 primary will almost certainly win the seat. There are no independents or Republicans currently running.

Dimple Ajmera, who currently represents District 5, is running for an at-large seat.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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