Election Board takes no action on potential sheriff campaign violation

The Tippecanoe County Election Board voted against taking action on a potential campaign violation by a sheriff's candidate.

Posted: May 8, 2018 1:04 PM
Updated: May 8, 2018 3:20 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — On Tuesday, Primary Election Day, The Tippecanoe County Election Board discussed a complaint against Tippecanoe County Sheriff Candidate Jason Dombkowski. 

As we previously reported, Jason Dombkowski was using his West Lafayette Police Department cell phone for campaigning purposes. 

Dombkowski told News 18 he never knowingly used his city phone for campaign related purposes.

Indiana law says you may not knowingly or intentionally use government property for campaigning.

The election board credited Dombkowski for clearing up his intentions by paying the city back nearly $700 for his cell phone bill dating back to when his exploratory committee was formed.

Members discussed whether this potential violation affected the integrity of this election.

They decided it did not. 

In the end, the board took a vote on whether the matter should be sent to a prosecutor. 

That motion failed.

Just because the election board has decided not to take action, doesn't mean state police won't investigate the matter.

If it is investigated and sent to a special prosecutor, Dombkowski could face a class A misdemeanor.

State police said they wouldn't be able to confirm whether they are investigating a candidate at this time.

Tonight on News 18 at Five and Six, hear from Tippecanoe County Election Board President Randy Vonderheide about why this type of complaint is nothing new to local elections.

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