Charla Hawkes Vinyard’s campaign accused candidate Michael Glaspie, her opponent in the race for Arlington City Council District 8, of violating the Texas Election Code and a city ordinance with one of his campaign mailers.
Hawkes Vinyard’s political consultant Craig Ownby claims Glaspie committed a Class A misdemeanor by sending a political email this weekend to Arlington school district employees. The Texas Election Code prohibits a school board member or employee from using an internal mail system to distribute political advertising.
Glaspie, who served 17 years on the Arlington school board, said Monday that he obtained the email addresses legally from the district through an open records request and did not receive any special access to the employee information because of his school board ties.
“I didn’t even get a discount,” Glaspie said about the $28.50 the school district charged him to fill the records request.
Ownby also states that Glaspie appears to have violated a city ordinance, a Class C misdemeanor, by using the city of Arlington’s official logo on his May 5 campaign mailer. Click to view Michael Glaspie's campaign flyer
Glaspie said he was not aware of any potential conflict from the use of the logo, a capital A with a star, but said he would remove it from future campaign literature.
“If it has created any concern, we will take it down. I’m not trying to create any confusion,” said Glaspie, who said he was looking more at content than design when he approved the email. “The whole intent was just to indicate how much I love this city, how much I’ve served this city.”
City Attorney Jay Doegey said he was not aware of the complaint about improper use of the city logo late Monday afternoon.
- Susan Schrock