Campaign allegation filed against Castle Pines mayor, hearing scheduled

Virginia Grantier

It’s expected that Castle Pines Mayor Jeffrey Huff’s lead in the Nov. 5 election will hold when a canvassing board meets Nov. 21 to certify the vote. But in the meantime, there is a campaign issue to deal with — a hearing on an alleged campaign violation.

Castle Pines Councilmember James Einolf, in a complaint he filed Oct. 30 with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, is alleging that Huff’s use of the city’s trademarked logo without permission for campaign materials violates provisions of the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act. An Office of Administrative Courts hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 14 in Denver.

Einolf also had concerns about other campaign actions but on Nov. 8 told Colorado Community Media he was seeking to remove those from the complaint.

 “James has informed me that he would like to amend his complaint, dropping several of his original allegations,” Huff stated in a Nov. 8 email. “Once my attorney and I have reviewed his new allegation, we will respond appropriately.”

With regard to the use of the city logo, Einolf alleges that Huff sent out a campaign mailer with the registered trademark logo even though Huff didn’t enter into a licensing agreement with the city, nor pay a licensing fee.

Andrew Cole, a spokesman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, told Colorado Community Media Nov. 7 that since this is a campaign finance complaint, if Huff is found to have violated state law, there could be fines, but it would have “no bearing on the election results.”

Cole also said the administrative law judge hearing the case “could take weeks to hear the evidence and come up with a decision,” because the timeline is up to the judge.

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