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Lester Pearce is vying for a spot on the board, hoping the name ID of his brother will carry him into office. Most people are probably unaware, however, that Lester Pearce is currently being investigated by the Commission on Judicial Conduct for allegations that he violated the code of ethical standards sitting judges are expected to follow. This is according to recent Channel 12 News reports.
Among the allegations is that Pearce helped put forward Olivia Cortes as a sham candidate, by helping his relatives collect signatures to place her on the ballot--something Pearce admits to doing. He is also said to have illegally campaigned for Russell Pearce, even though sitting judges are not allowed to campaign, donate, endorse, or participate in any way in any campaign of a candidate other than their own.
It is time to move on to a new era of professionalism on the Board, and voters should be fully informed about the ethical lapses of Lester Pearce before making their decisions. To that end, AZPIA has purchased air time on local radio to inform the public.
Arizona Public Integrity Alliance is a non-profit corporation dedicated to public education around issues of public integrity. AZPIA is currently focused on improving the transparency and accountability of elected officials with regard to gifts from lobbyists and special interest groups, and is launching a campaign to lobby for reform.