Mary Cantrell's shocking behavior at a recent event was that of a child having a temper tantrum. Observing her attitude and behavior, revenge seems to be the motivation for her bid for the school board.
Mary Cantrell does not live in Manatee County. She is homesteaded in Pinellas County. She pays taxes in Pinellas County and does not have a record of ever voting in Manatee County.
Cantrell used the logo for MTI on her campaign signs, which is contrary to school board policy. She has been ordered to cease and desist, but have you seen the signs come down yet?
Will a candidate who relies on deception and unethical conduct execute their responsibilities with the same level of integrity?
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When asked about allegations of financial and ethical improprieties at MTI, Cantrell said the investigation was over and that allegations were unfounded. When questioned about the financial records at MTI that were deemed "un-auditable" by the internal auditors, she stated that audit was complete and there were no findings. This is not true, as results of both are still pending.
While Cantrell was in charge of MTI, a new computer system was installed. The staff had no formal training on the new system. Incredibly, they did not run a parallel system. As a result, the board was not able to get financial reports from MTI for almost a year. A temporary staff was hired to complete the task, and last month financial information was finally available. There was $4 million unaccounted for almost over a year.
We need people on the board who are examples of integrity, and honesty. We have seen neither in her.
Taxpayers Watch Committee