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Cerro Gordo Auditor files complaint with Iowa ethics board against candidate for county supervisor Lori Ginapp, alleging use of county resources on campaign

DES MOINES – Cerro Gordo Auditor Adam Wedmore has filed a complaint with the Iowa campaign ethics board against candidate for county supervisor Lori Ginapp, alleging she used county resources on her campaign.

As has been reported recently by other local news outlets, the bipartisan Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board voted, unanimously, on November 3, 2022, to authorize an official investigation into allegedly illegal campaign activities undertaken by Cerro Gordo county resident Lori Meacham Ginapp, who is also employed in the auditor’s office as an election clerk.

Ginapp is the Democratic party candidate for country Supervisor in district 3. Her opponent is Don O’Connor, a Republican. Cerro Gordo county Auditor Adam Wedmore, who is a Democrat, filed a complaint about her alleged activities and disclosed evidence to the Ethics & Desclosure Board on Oct. 31, 2022, which indicated that Ginapp illegally used county a county computer, internet services paid for by county taxpayers, and other county-owned resources, on behalf of her candidacy for Supervisor.

Zach Goodrich, who is the Executive Director of Iowa’s Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, said, “The evidence showed that she was using county property, more specifically a county computer for campaign purposes. The complainant also alleged that Ginap used county time” – meaning, Ginapp was being paid by Cerro Gordo county while she worked on her campaign. Goodrich added that, “The complainant is the Cerro Gordo County Auditor and the supervisor of Ms. Ginapp, which is how he was able to obtain that evidence.” contacted Lori Ginapp for comment on the matter but hasn’t received a response, as of the time of publication of this article.

Under Iowa law, what Ginapp is alleged to have done is considered a serious misdemeanor. The board may take action sometime in the future as the investigation is now underway.

Voting has already begun and culminates on Tuesday, November 8, when polls close that night.

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