by Paul Bowers
UPDATE, Aug. 17: A State Ethics Commission employee writes that Furby's name only appears on the agency's website because he created a user account, not because he filed paperwork as a candidate.---
An eighth person has filed paperwork with the State Ethics Commission to run for mayor of Charleston in November. His name is Darrell L. Furby, and we don't know much information about him.
Potential candidates are required to file fundraising reports with the Ethics Commission within 10 days after they spend or receive their first $500 in campaign funds, so candidates will often file ethics paperwork before they officially enter a race. In the case of the mayoral election, candidates must file with the Charleston Municipal Election Commission to officially enter the race. The Municipal Election Commission is accepting filing paperwork from Aug. 3-17, and so far, a spokesman says Furby has not filed any paperwork there.
Furby's name appeared among the filers for mayor on the Ethics website sometime last month, but none of his paperwork is publicly available, and he doesn't seem to have a campaign website yet. A web search for his name reveals little additional information about the potential candidate.
We've put out a few calls to people who might know Furby, but we haven't had any luck contacting him yet. Do you know him? Could you ask him to call our office?
By the way, according to Lucas Padgett, whose law office handles candidate filing for the Municipal Election Commission, only three of the announced candidates have filed paperwork with the city so far: William Dudley Gregorie, John Tecklenburg, and Paul Tinkler.