The 10th grade dropout who ran for Broward County Commission and fouled up the District 2 election so it had to be delayed twice and held in December lied under oath, the Broward State Attorney’s Office has concluded after an investigation.
But Tyron Francois won’t be prosecuted for perjury because the questions he answered with lies — denying his girlfriend is the daughter of a county commissioner — were not “material’ to the case, a state attorney case-closing memo says.
Meanwhile, even though there’s a county commissioner in the District 2 seat now, the ligitation roils on. The Florida Supreme Court set an April 9 hearing for oral arguments in the case, which centers on Francois’s eligibility as a candidate, as well as write-in candidates’ ability to exclude voters from participating in election primaries.
Attorney Bill Scherer, who sued on behalf of a Republican voter excluded from the primary voting, had asked the State Attorney’s Office to investigate Francois for committing perjury on the witness stand. Scherer had quizzed Francois in court last year about his relationship to Broward Commissioner Dale Holness.
Scherer intimated that Holness, a Democrat, coached Francois to get into the race so that only Democrats could choose among the five Democrats running: Mark Bogen, who ultimately won; Charlotte Rodstrom, a Scherer friend; Carmen Dixon Jones, a Holness friend; Lisa Aronson and Terry Williams-Edden.
Francois testified that he didn’t know Holness and also said he wasn’t living with Holness’s daughter but had used her address at one time.
Brittany Wallman Incoming Broward Commissioner Mark Bogen said he does live in Broward County and so do his wife and son. Incoming Broward Commissioner Mark Bogen said he does live in Broward County and so do his wife and son. ( Brittany Wallman ) –>
Assistant State Attorney David Schulson said in his memo that he found Francois was indeed the two-year boyfriend of Holness’s daughter, Damara Holness, and she lived with him.
He also said Francois talked to Holness about his political ambitions, but that he said Holness discouraged him from running because he thought Francois’s continued education and more life experience were necessary.
“There is now no question that Tyron Francois was not truthful in his answers regarding his relationship with Damara Holness and Commissioner Holness,” Schulson wrote.
Still, he said the only “material” information at the hearing was Francois’s residency. He was initially removed from the ballot because he did not reside in District 2.
Schulson said the false testimony about Holness was not relevant to the case, and thus doesn’t warrant criminal perjury charges.
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