Party chair and candidate chose to ignore the law

To the editor:

Dubois County Democrat Party Chairman Mike Kendall was trained in the law. A part of the oath he swore when applying for a license to practice law in Indiana reads, "I do solemnly swear or affirm that: I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Indiana; I will maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers; I will not counsel or maintain any action, proceeding, or defense which shall appear to me to be unjust, ….” Where has his respect for the law gone?

An article in The Herald on Friday, June 26, pointed out that Democrat candidate for the Dubois County Council, Mikayla Granados, does not qualify to run for the office. Mike Kendall recruited her to run for the office and knew about her two felony conviction in Dubois Superior Court on May 6, 2019.

Indiana law IC 3-8-1-5 states, “A person is disqualified from assuming or being a candidate for elected office if: (c) the person pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony.”

Both Kendall and Granados were clearly aware of the law in Indiana before Granados filed for office. They both were willing to violate the law. They were both aware that Ms. Granados could not serve in the office if elected. What does that say about their respect for law? What does the violation of election law do to the prospects of Ms. Granados successfully petitioning a Court to expunge her convictions sometime in the future? Why did Mike Kendall put her future at risk with bad advice?

Ms. Granados may have her candidacy challenged or she may choose to withdraw as a candidate. Time will tell. It is clear that she does not respect the law and that she makes bad decisions. In that she is supported by Chairman Kendall, he knows the law and flaunts it willingly.

Don’t forget that Duncan Mathies was denied his opportunity to be a candidate in November by the actions of Kendall and Granados.

—Don Hayes

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