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POLITICS Latell cited for missing campaign finance info



Published: Fri, July 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



No fines were levied against the former state legislator.

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Elections Commission said that a former Ohio House member from Trumbull County didn't follow state election laws in failing to file addenda to his campaign's 2002 and 2003 annual finance reports.

Cited were former Democratic state Rep. Anthony Latell and the Latell for State Representative Committee. The commission imposed no fines nor made any referrals in the case.

According to the OEC, the Ohio Secretary of State's office brought the violations.

Latell couldn't immediately be reached Thursday. However, the explanation Latell provided to the commission said he had been out of town for several weeks before the date that the addenda were to be filed, commission records say.

Latell personally went to the secretary of state's office and submitted the missing information, commission records show.

Latell, who unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary in 2002 for 17th Congressional District, served one two-year term in the Ohio House from 2000 to 2002. Latell had served as a Democratic state senator from Trumbull County from 1992 to 2000.

Other missing addenda

In another case, the OEC continued consideration of a case involving former Democratic state Rep. Daniel Sferra of Trumbull County.

The referral brought by the secretary of state's office alleged that Sferra and the Committee to Elect Daniel Sferra failed to file addenda to the campaign's 2003, annual, 2004 pre- and post-primary and 2004 pre-general election reports.

Sferra, a former Warren mayor, served in the Ohio House from 2001 to last year. Sferra was defeated by Republican Randy Law last November.




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