Akers pleads not guilty to allegations she falsified election paperwork

jmadden@herald-leader.comJune 3, 2014 

Incumbent Shevawn Akers received the most votes in Tuesday's primary for the Urban County Council's District 2 seat.


Urban County Councilwoman Shevawn Akers pleaded not guilty Friday to a misdemeanor stemming from allegations that signatures were falsified on documents submitted for her run in the Second District Council race.

Akers, 40, was cited last month with "unsworn falsification to authorities," a Class B misdemeanor. A police report filed in Fayette District Court says the citation was given to Akers' attorney.

Candidates must turn in 100 signatures of people in their district. The person who obtained the signatures is supposed to sign a form saying they obtained the signatures. There is a question on whether one of Akers' forms was signed by the appropriate person, officials have said.

Akers was the leading vote-getter in the May primary with 1,440 votes. Michael Stuart, who came in second, will face Akers in November.

According to court documents, Akers admitted to not obtaining the signatures herself, and instead gave the piece of paper to a man, who gave the papers back to Akers. She later signed the form in front of a notary, the documents said.

Last month Akers' attorney, Burl McCoy said there was an explanation for the citation that he hopes the court and judge would accept.

Akers is scheduled to appear in court on June 20.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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