Jim Folts asks some hard hitting, important questions about meetings that took place at each Blount County School before the recent May 6th primary election. The Chairman of the Education Committee, Commissioner Ron French, said that some Commissioners were present at the meetings of the Schools in their districts, if they were called. Jim Folts serves on the Education Committee, yet he was not invited to these meetings.
Election Laws that may have been broken: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4i9IFqGDcTKNVBmZFQ0ZkpVcVE/edit?pli=1
Audio of Education Committee meeting where Jim Folts questions Director of Schools Rob Britt. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4i9IFqGDcTKZkY2akdSWFMwZXc/edit?pli=1
According to Rob Britt, Mayor Ed Mitchell called him to have a meeting at each school. Rob Britt says the purpose of the meetings was, “Real simple, it’s just to educate our faculty and staff on the sales tax referendum.”
Tennessee Code Annotated 2-19-134
(a) It is unlawful for any person to coerce or direct any employee to vote for any measure, party or person who may be a candidate for any office, or for any person who may be a candidate for nomination for any office, to threaten the discharge of such employee if the employee votes or does not vote for any such candidate for nomination or for office, or for any particular policy or measure.
Were these meetings mandatory? Were employees told what the funds from the sales tax referendum would be used for? Were certain Commissioners, facing opponents, invited when others weren’t? A yes answer to these questions would likely mean that one or more of these law(s) was/were broken.
An investigation should be conducted by the DA. If any of these laws were broken, then Rob Britt should be demoted and the Mayor should resign.