However, this does not immediately mean Gonzales gets the $635,000 in public financing.
The city clerk must give Gonzales a proper hearing where he is afforded due process by early next week. If the clerk does not properly give Gonzales due process, the clerk must certify Gonzales to get the public financing.
The city clerk denied Gonzales’ public financing bid because Gonzales was accused of forging voters’ signatures on campaign documents. Later, the city’s independent inspector general affirmed in a report – Gonzales’ staff did indeed commit widespread forgery and fraud to circumvent the city’s public financing laws.