Omaha School Board President Freddie Gray is facing criticism that she failed to disclose a conflict of interest on the school board.
The Republican Party of Douglas County intends to file a complaint Friday against Gray, a Democrat, with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
The complaint alleges that while on the school board, Gray voted to allocate more than $65,000 to non-profit organizations though her husband was serving at the time on their boards of directors.
Douglas County Democrats said the complaint was a politically-driven attempt to “smear the good name” of the Grays. They said Ben Gray was an unpaid volunteer on those boards.
Republicans say Gray should have announced her conflict and abstained from voting on those expenditures.
The complaint alleges Gray voted 38 times, providing $34,986.25 to United Way of the Midlands, $25,629.50 to Girls Inc. and $4,908.93 to Impact One.
Party officials said they intend to release their findings at Monday’s school board meeting.
Kris Pierce, chairman of the Douglas County Democrats, called it “purely dirty politics” and called upon Republicans to apologize to the Grays. Freddie Gray did not return phone calls Thursday.
Frank Daly, the commission’s executive director, said he could not comment because the complaint process is by law confidential.
The Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act requires school board members to disclose potential conflicts that “may cause financial benefit or detriment to him or her, a member of his or her immediate family, or a business with which he or she is associated . . . ” In those cases, officials are to remove themselves from the vote, the law says.
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