Complaints of false claims and defamation filed in SG election

Hannah Lee

The United Party lists several party accomplishments that the Red Party has also claimed. Photo courtesy United Party Facebook page

Complaints of slander, lies and signage violations have surfaced regarding this election cycle. The election is one week away and the United Party and the Red Party have each filed complaints against each other.

The first complaint was filed by Red Party presidential candidate, Samantha Mims, against the UNF United Party on Feb. 17. Her file stated that the UNF United Party claimed that two of their “party accomplishments” were false. These two party accomplishments in question are the Veterans Memorial and the 25 Free Prints Initiative.

Mims stated in the complaint that she sent an email to Katherine Thames, the United Party Campaign Manager, regarding these issues, but Thames never responded.

The second complaint is a response to the first. It was filed by Thames on Feb. 22 and is against Mims. The complaint states that Mims defamed the United Party by misrepresenting the party through her complaint and that she made several claims.

“Mims goes beyond simply accusing the United Party of actions, but attempts to represent its intentions,” Thames stated in her complaint.

“Not only was the statement printed and written, but it was done in such a manner (a Judicial Complaint) to damage the reputation and turn court and readers of the JC (which would be made accessible to the student body population of UNF as a public record file) against the UNF United Party.”

The third complaint was filed by Red Party vice-presidential candidate Tajmaus Johnson against the United Party. In the complaint, he stated that the United Party failed to include a date on their signs, which is required by university policy.

The Facts

  • The Red Party never sent an email to Thames because Thames’ email is [email protected]. The Red Party emailed [email protected].
  • The Veterans Memorial was originally funded by former SG President, Carlo Fassi, a member of the UNF Red Party in 2013. The memorial park officially opened last fall during former SG President Hailey Guerra, a member of the United Party, and continued under United Party member Caleb Grantham’s term.
  • The 25 Free Prints Initiative was originally started by the Red Party and continued under Fassi in 2012. However, free prints were limited to one computer lab in 2014 until that proved too costly and was shut down in the spring of 2015. The 25 Free Prints Initiative was enacted again under Guerra’s presidency, and was continued under Grantham’s.
  • All signage for the upcoming election must follow the proper policies and procedures. The UNF Election Policies and Procedures doesn’t state anything about having a date on a campaign sign, The UNF Signage policy states that “signs must include an event date and/or expiration date, in keeping with the guidelines for duration of posting.”

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