ST. FLORIAN — Town Council candidate Carmen Miles considers a letter circulating in town about her to be “offensive and totally untrue.”
The letter, which states Miles is being investigated for election violations, began circulating in St.Florian five days before Miles faces Sandy Evers in a runoff for the Town Council, Place 3 seat.
The letter was sent anonymously and did not include a return address, according to Miles. The letter states Miles is under investigation by the state attorney general’s office for election violations. It accuses her of planning to win the election, immediately resign and have her father, Chip Kasmeier, appointed to the position.
The letter also questions Miles’ attendance record at meetings during her two terms on the Town Council and accuses her of not being active in town events.
“People who have talked to me about it are hopping mad,” Miles said. “I find the whole thing offensive because of the untruths, and it’s totally uncalled for, especially bringing my family into it. This is not who I am.
“If the person who is doing this really believes it they should back it up by putting their name on it instead of spreading things that are untrue.”
Miles said she sent out a political flier days before the Aug. 28 municipal election outlining her stance on issues. She said the material contained the mandatory paid political references, but she failed to put her address on the material.
She said she received a letter from state officials notifying her to make sure the address is included on any further political materials she sends, “and that was it — a reminder to include the address.”
As for her plan to resign after winning and having her father appointed, only the mayor and council members have the authority to fill a vacancy.
Miles said she challenges anyone to look up her attendance record during her two terms. She said health issues near the end of her second term forced her to resign days before qualifying began for the 2008 election. She did not seek re-election but says her health issues have been resolved.
Miles said she is not accusing Evers of orchestrating the letter.
“I really don’t think (Evers) is behind this, but some people who are real strong supporters for her are misguided and going about trying to help her in the wrong way,” she said. “I don’t think you have to attack someone’s character to do it. It’s just wrong.”
Attempts to contact Evers for comment Friday were unsuccessful. The town has about 300 voters. The runoff election is Tuesday.