Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman will have to give back some of the money she’s earned during the short time she’s been on Norfolk council.
The March 29 deadline for disclosing campaign financial reports came and went without Huffman filing her paperwork.
This isn’t illegal but it does put Huffman in the position of having to pay a $500 late filing fee if she intends to meet the second deadline of April 29.
If Huffman doesn’t meet the second deadline at the end of this month, she will have to vacate her seat and sit out the next election as well.
On Monday, Huffman said there is no great mystery to missing the March deadline.
She said the deadline snuck up on her while she was busy with other matters. When she realized time was running short, Huffman says her computer wouldn’t allow her to complete an electronic submission.
“People may be intrigued by this,” Huffman said. “But what happened is actually pretty boring. Actually, I accepted no donations from anybody. My past three election campaigns have been completely self-financed.
“Other than the $500 I have to pay, this doesn’t really affect me or anybody else.”
Another noteworthy name missing at the deadline was Dean Morrison of Windham Centre, a candidate in Windham-area Ward 4 who came second to Chris Van Paassen of Port Dover.
Morrison served nine years on Township of Delhi council before logging another six years on the new Norfolk council. Morrison lost his third-term bid to Jim Oliver in 2007 but thought the time was right for a comeback last fall with Oliver’s retirement.
However, it was not to be and Morrison has moved on. He sees no point in filing a financial statement because he is finished with municipal politics anyway.
“I think my municipal days are done,” Morrison said. “Unfortunately, I’ve made my decision and I’m finished. All good things have to come to an end. I had a pretty good run and I enjoyed it, but I’m moving on. I thought there was an opportunity here for a comeback but I guess not.”
A number of other candidates did not file campaign financial statements by the March 29 deadline. This includes Windham-area Ward 4 candidate Thomas Ferris of Vittoria.
On the list in Port Rowan-area Ward 1 are John Peazel and Michael Toth.
On the list In Delhi-area Ward 3 is Tim Sullivan of Simcoe.
On the list in Port Dover-area Ward 6 are Doug Long, Jeff Miller, Rick Misner and Gary Muntz.
All three mayoral candidates in Norfolk – Mayor Kristal Chopp, Charlie Luke and Russell Colebrook – filed on time, as did all candidates in Simcoe-area Ward 5 and Langton-area Ward 2.