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New Recorder Fails To Comply With Sunshine Law, Florida Working With Mayor To Stonewall

In my Wednesday email to members of St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee, I wrote:

The new Recorder of Deeds has had seven business days to produce copies of thirteen checks from the Recorder’s technology and Preservation Fund.

It’s been sixteen business days since the City Counselor’s Office got involved.

I’ve been trying to get Ed-Recorder Sharon Carpenter’s vehicle mileage logs since April 28th.

Last week, I did not blame newly appointed Recorder Florida.

But now it is obvious that Recorder Florida is working in concert with the City Counselor’s Office and, therefore, Mayor Francis Slay to stonewall release of public records to serve political purposes relating to her Independent bid for Recorder on the November ballot.

Is this what we are to expect on other records maintained by the Recorder? Will it take more than a week to get a copy of your real estate recorder of marriage license?

Shouldn’t Democratic Party voters have all the information on Ex-Recorder Carpenter’s handling of public funds and resources before the August 5 election, not after the election when it suits the Mayor?

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


Five Questions for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board has decided Sharon Carpenter should exit recorder of deeds race and the office should be turned over to the same mayor who has financially and publicly propped her up all these years.

Top management problems with her office have not been a secret. Why is it that an office holder AWOL for most of four years didn’t draw more opponents this year? That’s a question the Editorial Board needs to be asking.

Another question- Why wasn’t there any follow-up by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to the 2010 State Audit of the City Recorder’s office?

Another question- What is the St. Louis County Recorder of Deed’s Technology and Preservation Fund spent on? That’s a civil service position under a County Executive appointee. That’s the model the Editorial Board wants.

Another question- Why doesn’t the St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds provide Birth and Death Record services?

Another question- Did St. Louis County get back that half a million dollars stolen from its Recorder’s office by an employee?

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

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

McFowland Wants Ward Endorsements, Pledges to Retain Recorder Employees

My Friday evening email to members of the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee:

I am writing to ask for your support in the August 5th Primary. I hope that those of you who had endorsed former Recorder Sharon Carpenter will now get behind my campaign and elect me and my Agenda.

If wards allow Sharon Carpenter to wins the Primary, it’s a black eye for the Democratic Party. There are more problems in that office’s management than nepotism.

The latest rumor is that Mayor Slay will make a political appointment for the office who will run as an Independent. Democratic Party officials do not support Independent candidates.

I had previously recommended that Mayor Slay appoint someone not political.

I want each of you to know and pass along to your patronage workers in the Recorder office that, other than the Chief Deputy, all Recorder employees will remain Recorder employees after I am elected. As Recorder, when I fire someone, it will be for cause, not politics.

I know some others are not going to be happy about that because right now they’re thinking patronage jobs will become available when I am elected. The facts are that these employees have valuable skills necessary to operation of the office and they have legal rights.

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

Ed’s Letter to Mayor Slay About Recorder Nepotism

This is the letter about Nepotism in Recorder office that Ed McFowland personally delivered to Mayor Slay’s office on Monday, June 23.

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