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Ex-Recorder Sharon Carpenter Failed To Comply With State Audit Agreement

Thursday, I received the following response from the City Counselor’s office to my Sunshine Request for mileage logs that Sharon Carpenter told State Auditor Susan Montee she would keep.nomileagelogsqc

As suspected, Carpenter did not actually maintain any such records.

The only documentation on her vehicle use is the estimated mileage she turned in to the Comptroller’s office for IRS purposes.

Based on her paperwork and using a generous 20 mile roundtrip commute, Carpenter is alleging that she drove her city vehicle to work 3 days a week in 2013 and 2012, and nearly 4 days a week in 2011.

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



See You At The July 28 Fundraiser for Ed McFowland

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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

More Recorder’s Fund Intrigue, Ex-Recorder Reimburses Fund

Carpenter for Recorder Committee, former Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter’s campaign account, has reimbursed the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund for public money used to pay for a ticket to an event and something related to a silent auction.

On April 15, 2014, the Recorder’s Technology Fund reimbursed an employee the amount of $132.67 identified as “Silent Auction Reimbursement” related to the Spring 2014 annual conference of the Recorders Association of Missouri (check #2126).

According to Carpenter’s July campaign report, her committee wrote a check to the Recorder Fund for $132.67 on May 20, 2014, identified as “Reimburse Account for Erroneous Check Written.”

On September 30, 2013, the Recorder’s Technology Fund paid $75.00 to “Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority” for “Mayor Luncheon Meeting” further identified as “Travel: Legislation” (check #2079.

According to Carpenter’s July campaign report, her committee wrote a check to the Recorder’s Technology Fund for $75.00 on May 20, 2014, identified as “Reimburse Account for CK 2079.”

The two May 20 campaign report entries strangely appear between June 10 and June 13 entries.

On April 28, I hand-delivered a Sunshine request to Carpenter’s office requesting records of the Recorder’s Technology Fund. It took a month for her to comply but I finally received some but not all of the information, which is how I know about those checks. I am still waiting on fulfillment of my June 26 Sunshine request for copies of thirteen checks not accounted for by Carpenter.

On June 3, I contacted members of the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee about misuse of the Recorder’s Fund, specifically citing the luncheon check.

When I am Recorder, the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund will be an account with the City Treasurer, as required by State law, not a checkbook available for the writing of “erroneous” checks.

When I am Recorder, every check and debit card purchase made with the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund will be itemized on the Recorder’s web site.

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

Response to Recorder Appointment, McFowland Requests City Democrats Meeting

My letter this morning to members of the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee:

I am respectfully requesting that our Central Committee meet as soon as possible to discuss the matter of Sharon Carpenter’s resignation as Recorder of Deeds, her unfortunate decision to continue a campaign for re-election, and today’s appointment of Alderwoman Jennifer Florida as Recorder, and the issue of her run for Recorder as an Independent in the November election.

It does not make sense for Recorder Florida to step down as alderwoman to be Recorder for a mere five months. Barring another announcement that the Mayor is appointing Florida to another post on January 1st, an Independent bid by her would seem probable regardless of who wins the primary.

Democratic Party officials do not help elect Independent candidates. Central Committee needs to have a discussion about that.

The news regarding former Recorder Carpenter will only get worse. All wards should work together to make sure that she does not receive the nomination.

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

Ex-Recorder Violates Another Law, Carpenter Used Official Stationary for Campaign Letters

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

I’d like to follow up my comments yesterday on the resignation of Sharon Carpenter with some additional thoughts and response to Mrs. Carpenter’s letter to the Central Committee.

The employees of the Recorder of Deeds office provide excellent service. What is missing from the Recorder’s office is a full-time Recorder to provide much needed management experience, leadership, and vision.

I have many years experience managing employees and compliance with employment law. There is a discrimination lawsuit against the City, former Recorder Sharon Carpenter, and acting Recorder Peggy Meeker. I am confident that this will not happen when I am Recorder.

A leader serves as a role model to employees on conduct. Former Recorder Carpenter and acting Recorder Meeker did not need legal counsel to tell them hiring their own family with public funds is a violation of the Missouri Constitution. They should have known nepotism is a violation of public trust. Just plain wrong.

I have a vision for the Recorder office. It is set out in my Action Plan. I have been the only candidate for Recorder talking about issues: increasing accessibility, transparency of public funds, new services, increasing revenue to the City.

I would be the first African American Recorder of Deeds in St. Louis City. But I do not want to be The Black Recorder. I want to be remembered as a Recorder who led the office to do things first and better than every other county in Missouri, the way Sharon Carpenter ran her office years ago.

I do not want this election to be about race. I want this to be about substance, issues, the future.

But I have strong concerns about Mayor Slay’s upcoming appointment to the Recorder position.

If there is a political appointment designed for an Independent bid for Recorder on the November ballot, then I would understand why some would see the election had become about race, as opposed to political opportunity. I hope St. Louis does not have to have that debate.

The one option wards do not really have is retaining Sharon Carpenter as your candidate and allowing her to win the Democratic Party nomination.

By now you should have received Sharon Carpenter’s campaign letter, falsely accusing me of slander and owing earnings tax, written on Official Recorder stationary in violation of state ethics laws. And she also sent the Mayor a letter on Official Recorder stationary regarding her resignation that included a campaign pitch.

This is not the first time she has used the resources of her office for campaign purposes. More on that later.

Have I previously had some personal financial problems? Yes. Do I owe any federal, state, or city taxes? No.

Have I ever violated the public trust or misused public funds? No.

A leader admits his or her mistakes and learns from them.

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

Recorder’s DD214 Service Needs Promoting

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

Thursday, I went to the Recorder of Deeds office and recorded my DD214 Military Discharge.

This is a free service provided by Recorders across the U.S.A. under state laws. They record your Military Discharge and it’s there when you or your spouse need a copy, which you get for free.

If you lose your original, it takes only a few minutes to get a copy from the Recorder’s office. A few minutes sure beats the National Personnel Records Center’s “within 10 days” response time.

But had I not been running for Recorder of Deeds and educating myself on Recorder services, I might not ever have known that Recorders assist Veterans in this way.

As a U.S. Army Veteran, it really bothers me that more Veterans are not aware of this service.

As Recorder, I will make it my job to educate veterans on free Military Discharge recording. I will talk with veterans groups and provide an information table at veterans-related events.

Each year around Veterans Day, I’d remind City employees that this service is available and ask them to spread the word to family and friends.

Perhaps there are some creative people who would donate their services to produce a public service announcement targeting Veterans. I know there are community leaders who are Veterans who would participate.

And there should be a brochure at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum about Military Discharge recording. I also hope to partner with Soldiers Memorial on history and genealogy events and exhibits.

I received excellent service when my DD214 was recorded. As Recorder, I will work hard to make sure more Veterans receive this same excellent service.

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