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Clarification

A news article in the Lake Oswego Review's Oct. 26th issue reported that David Dodds, a candidate for a seat on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, was accused of - but never charged with sexual harassment while mayor of West Linn. The article did not mention that an investigation of the incident by the city of West Linn did not substantiate the complaint.

The article also reported Dodds ordered a stop to crucial audits of the city's finances, a statement unattributed in the article but based on the recollection of city employees and officials in place at the time. Dodds disputes the statement. No official record or documentation is known to substantiate either claim. All that is known factually is that state-mandated annual audits for the years 2002 and 2003 were delayed for more than two years.

Prior to the article, Dodds declined an invitation to appear before the editorial board of the Review and West Linn Tidings. Out of that meeting an editorial endorsement and the news article in question were generated.