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Minneapolis park board commissioner Bourn won’t appeal $1,600 fine for false election claims

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board member Brad Bourn won’t appeal a $1,600 fine levied by a state panel because he falsely claimed support from two legislators during his successful election campaign last year.

“We’re just going to accept it and move forward,” Bourn told the Southwest Journal.

The panel of three judges ruled that Bourn didn’t have written permission to use the names of state Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Frank Hornstein when he included them on a campaign flyer a week before last November’s election.

The paper said that “Bourn had asked for Dibble and Hornstein’s support on a number of occasions, but they each time told him they would not make an endorsement in the Park Board race.”

Said the paper:

The judges ruled Bourn’s testimony wasn’t credible when he said he overlooked the mistake. Whether Bourn would have lost the election without the listing, however, the judges couldn’t decide.

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