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Contention mounts in Troutdale mayoral campaign

• Business owner says Mayor Jim Kight coerced her into signing an endorsement • Kight says hes upfront and destroyed the document immediately


As the countdown ticks along toward the Nov. 6 election, contention continues to surface in the race for Troutdale mayor.

A Troutdale businesses owner has raised the alarm that embattled Mayor Jim Kight may have misrepresented an endorsement form as a mailing list when he asked for her signature.

In a Sept. 5, 2012, email, Eugenia Terzis — who owns Stark Street Espresso and Columbia Gorge Salon and Spa in Troutdale — asked Kight whether the document she signed was actually an endorsement.

“After mentioning this list to other businesses owners, there appeared to be some confusion as to whether I had signed a mailing list or an endorsement,” Terzis wrote.

“Obviously, if this is in fact a ‘mailing list,’ I have no objections. If in fact it was an ‘endorsement,’ then I would like the document destroyed or sent to me immediately.”

Kight responded that night that the endorsement had been destroyed, per Terzis’ request; however, he disputes that he posed the document as a mailer.

He said it was clear the document was an endorsement.

“I’m upfront with people,” Kight said. “If they have second thoughts (about an endorsement) and say, ‘I don’t feel comfortable at this point,’ I shred it and it’s destroyed.”

Terzis said the document Kight presented was blank and included no text that indicated the form was for an endorsement.

Terzis, who lives in Boring but operates her business in Troutdale, said she thought she was signing up for email updates about Kight’s campaign.

When a campaign representative for Kight’s challenger, City Councilor Doug Daoust, asked Terzis to sign his endorsement form, which Terzis was ready to sign, she said she realized she had accidentally signed Kight’s endorsement form.

“I wouldn’t have signed an endorsement form (for Kight),” Terzis said. “I don’t really endorse anyone — I don’t talk politics and religion — but I can’t stay neutral on this one.”

In her email to Kight, Terzis said the reason for having the document destroyed or sent back to her was obvious.

Kight responded that the line “the reasons are obvious” was “somewhat disturbing.”

“I assume you are writing about the report on my office,” Kight wrote. “If that is what you are referring to, the report fully exonerated me. The building was built according to code and there was no undue influence used in the process (and this is according to eleven city employees).”

Terzis said she found the email odd, and didn’t believe the report had exonerated Kight of contention surrounding a controversial accessory structure built on his property.



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