GENESEE CO., Michigan (WNEM) – The Genesee County Democratic Party released a statement “deeply disturbed” by the alleged actions of John Gleason, the county clerk.
Gleason was charged on Friday with one count of witness bribery/intimidation/interference, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
He was also charged with willful neglect of duty. A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.
The party released this statement to TV5:
“The Genesee County Democratic Party fundamentally believes that public service is a sacred duty in a free and just democratic society. Any breach of public trust is a breach of our core democratic values and principles.
The GCDP has complete confidence in our criminal justice system, and we believe that truth and justice will prevail. Whether Democrat, Republican or Independent, no public official is above the law. The GCDP fundamentally believes that any public official found guilty of breaking the law or undermining the public trust should be held accountable.
Further, the Genesee County Democratic Party recognizes that the county clerk’s office is more than the partisan person elected to be its administrator. We believe that despite Mr. Gleason’s alleged actions, our county’s elections will remain safe, secure, fair and transparent. Our elections are overseen by the nonpartisan staff members of the County Clerk’s Office, and therefore the GCDP believes in the integrity and fairness of our local electoral system.
We stand with the county employees who endured this alleged misconduct, who simply sought to go to work, do their due diligence as public employees, and serve the people of Genesee County.
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