Jessica Cejnar / Tuesday, March 2, 2021 @ 3:33 p.m. / Crime, Elections, Local Government
Campbell Pleads Guilty To One Count Election Fraud
Alex Campbell pleaded guilty to one count of election fraud Tuesday and, though it may not be a term in his probation, he indicated that he will resign from the Crescent City Council.
Campbell, who was elected to the Council on Nov. 3, 2020 and appointed mayor pro tem in December, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false declaration of candidacy.
Campbell submitted a form to the Del Norte County Clerk on Aug. 6, 2020 stating his current address was within city limits when his actual place of residence was on Del Mar Road outside the city’s boundaries, Deputy District Attorney Eric Bryant told Del Norte County Superior Court Judge Bob Cochran.
Bryant said the Del Norte County District Attorney agreed to dismiss two charges of perjury against Campbell.
Campbell faces two years felony probation with credit for time served, according to Cochran. Campbell may also face fines up to $20,000 and restitution fine of up to $10,000, Cochran said.
Campbell’s attorney, Keith V. Morris, said $20,000 is too high, though he acknowledged his client would likely be responsible for some restitution. Morris said his client also plans to resign from the Crescent City Council, though that isn’t a term of his probation.
Campbell declined to comment following his court appearance, though he gave out a “Free Alex Campbell” sticker designed to look like a Monopoly Chance card.