El Paso taxpayer Tom Laign has filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission against City Rep. Cassandra Hernandez of District 3 alleging that she advocated against a ballot initiative, Proposition J, while using City resources.
Proposition J passed with 55.63% of the vote. It mandates that the Chief City Auditor will report to City Council rather than the City Manager and places him under the supervision of the Chair of the Finance Oversight and Audit Committee, currently Rep. Brian Kennedy.
On March 21, City Attorney Karla Nieman wrote an email to City Council and Staff citing Texas Election Code § 255.003. She explained that it is a Class A misdemeanor to advocate for passage or defeat of a measure using City resources.
I have appended below Mr. Laign’s complaint, verbatim, and attached his accompanying documentation.