Hardeman Campaigns for Candidate during LHS Sports Function 092210
It has been reported to the Prospect that Stan Hardeman, County Superintendent of Schools (Elected), took the podium at a Loyalton High School Grizzley game to introduce a candidate and to recommend that candidate to the attendees. It is alleged that he encouraged the crowd three times to support that candidate.
If true, this behavior is seen as an abuse of position and unethical, if not illegal, though that remains to be seen. Such an act would indicate very poor judgement, particularly as he is alleged to have touted one candidate as being “for the schools” while not knowing the position of the other candidate on schools.
The candidate has not been implicated, as it is reported Hardeman acted without prompt.
The Prospect asked Mr. Hardeman, via email, to confirm or deny that the event took place. At press time we have not heard back, but we will continue to attempt to contact Mr. Hardeman.
This might apply:
7054. (a) No school district or community college district funds, services, supplies, or equipment shall be used for the purpose of urging the support or defeat of any ballot measure or candidate, including, but not limited to, any candidate for election to the governing board of the district…
(c) A violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor or felony punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both, or imprisonment in a state prison for 16 months, or two or three years.