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McFowland Asks Circuit Attorney to Investigate Ex-Recorder for Political Corruption

circuitattyinvestigateMonday, I hand delivered a letter to Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce’s office requesting an investigation into political corruption by former Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter.

I requested that her office interview current and former Recorder employees to “gather information on Sharon Carpenter’s misuse of Recorder’s office computers, printers, copiers, fax machine, telephones, and employees to support her re-election campaigns, her positions as 23rd Ward Committeewoman, and her ward organization, including fundraising mailings done from her office with labor from Recorder employees and holding ward meetings at the office.”

On Friday, July 11, Carpenter used Official Recorder of Deeds stationary as well as Recorder printer, postage, and employees to produce two campaign related letters paid for by taxpayers in violation of Section 115.646 RSMo.


In a letter to Mayor Francis Slay, copied to Circuit Attorney Joyce, Carpenter resigned but vowed to continue her bid for re-election and asked the Mayor for his continued support of her candidacy.


In a letter to members of the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee, Carpenter attacked me and asked for continued support from Committee members.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds


Update: Nepotism at Recorder’s Office

I have received the following response from Timothy Boyer, Director, White Collar Crime Unit, Circuit Attorney Office, to my letters on nepotism in the Recorder of Deeds office.


I have asked Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce to remove Recorder Sharon Carpenter for violating Article 7, Section 6 of the Missouri Constitution by employing a family member within the fourth degree.

From 2010-2012, Recorder Carpenter paid $12,015 from the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund, a fund which she alone controls under state law, to Rudy Brynac, her great-nephew for “temporary employment” in her Archives Department.

I am not surprised that the letter did not come from Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. I respect that this is being handled by staff to avoid any conflict of interest. The Circuit Attorney has been a supporter and contributor to Recorder Carpenter’s re-election campaign. Her father and mother served as 23rd Ward Alderman, where Carpenter has been committeewoman since 1964.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds