Norma Lester Earns Finance Board Position -- Fills State Post Vacant since April 2011

By Locker, Richard | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), September 15, 2012 | Go to article overview

Norma Lester Earns Finance Board Position -- Fills State Post Vacant since April 2011


Locker, Richard, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


NASHVILLE Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday appointed Norma J. Lester of Memphis, a retired nurse and Democratic member of the Shelby County Election Commission, to the state board that administers Tennessee campaign finance and ethics laws.

She fills a seat on the six-member Registry of Election Finance that has been vacant since April 2011, for a term that runs through 2016. The governor has two appointments to the board one from a list of three nominees submitted by the state Democratic Executive Committee and one from three nominees of the state Republican Executive Committee.

The Registry board meets monthly and oversees the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, which administers the state's laws governing political campaign finances, lobbyist spending and public official financial disclosures.

At the next meeting Oct. 23, the board is scheduled to consider a complaint against Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett for irregularities in his 2010 campaign finance disclosures.

The people who know me know I am a stickler for compliance with the rules and regulations and the law, so I will be adamant that I will follow the laws without any discrimination, Lester said. …

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