[UPDATE] Members of Local Political Group Divided

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

UPDATED 1/27/2011 at 12:10am By Candace Sweat

A local political group is divided by their differences, and now the group's chairwoman is speaking out about the dilemma.

The Leon County Democratic Executive Committee are bickering over what some members are calling an election scam.

They say Committee Chair, Teri Cariota, was voted into her position at a December 6th meeting while some members were absent.

They also claim that minutes taken from another December meeting do not accurately reflect what actually happened and that several members are trying to cover up the alleged voting scam.

Cariota says the allegations are untrue, and that some are simply upset that she won the position.

"I won 57 to 8, I believe was the vote count, and the election was subsequently certified on December 10th. Lets move forward, and that's all I'm asking is lets move forward," said Cariota.

The state Democratic Party will review the dilemma on February 12th and decide whether the December 6th vote is admissible.
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The tension was extremely thick at Monday night's meeting for the Democratic Executive Committee. The meeting was called to order around 7 and by 8, members were still arguing over approval of last month's minutes. But some say they have good reason to be upset.

Some members of the group argue that Committee Chair, Teri Cariota, was voted into her position at a December 6th meeting while some members were absent, therefore, making the vote inadmissible because they were never told about the December 6th meeting.

They also claim that the minutes taken from another December meeting do not accurately reflect what actually happened, and that several members are trying to cover up the alleged illegal vote.

Mayor John Marks attended the meeting and urged members to put their differences aside.

"I'm not going to tolerate divisiveness at this level. I'm going to let you know we're going to work together," said Marks.

The state Democratic Party will review the dilemma on February 12th and decide whether the December 6th vote is admissible. In the meantime, Carita says she is the the group's chairwoman and will act as such.


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