EL CENTRO – Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert G. Otero announced today that a member of the Imperial County Board of Education, Annette Gonzalez Buttner, has been charged with two felony counts involving Perjury by Declaration and False Declaration of Candidacy.
The crimes were investigated by the Imperial County District Attorney’s office Bureau of Investigations and are related to allegations that Buttner is not a resident of Imperial County.
“The District Attorney’s office has statutory enforcement obligations under the California Political Reform Act,” stated District Attorney Otero. “These laws were designed to ensure the public’s trust in the electoral process, and it is important elected officials realize significant on-going violations pose a threat to the integrity of an election and will be taken seriously.”
“Elected officials can not claim under penalty of perjury that they reside at a specific address in order to become elected,” Otero said.
Buttner is scheduled to appear for arraignment at 2:00 p.m. Feb 8 at the Brawley west court. If convicted, she faces fines and up to four years in county jail.
Complaints related to state or local elections should be reported to the Imperial County District Attorney’s office at (442)265-1175 or to the California Political Practices Commission.