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Fairview council candidate files ethics complaint

A letter of complaint submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State alleging possible election law violations in Fairview is under investigation.

Barbara Jones, the incumbent councilor and candidate for Position 2 on Fairview City Council, submitted the complaint, which focuses on videos produced to endorse Jones’ opponent, Ken Quinby, and Position 6 candidate Tamie Tlustos-Arnold through the Fairview Business Association.

Jones said she had been advised the four videos, produced by Ed Bejarana of Zenith Exhibits in Fairview, likely cost $500 each.

Bejarana said Monday, Nov. 5 the video was made with a web camera on his laptop and did not seek permission or approval from the Fairview Business Association.

"I'm a private citizen voicing my public opinion in the city of Fairview," Bejarana said. "I'm not in the business of video production."

Nancy Ferry, compliance specialist with the Elections Division, wrote in a response email it was possible election law had been violated, as a candidate must form a committee if the candidate spends or receives more than $750, including all expenditures made on behalf of a candidate by anyone else or any personal funds the candidate spends on campaign-related activities.

According to ORESTAR, such a committee had not been formed at the time of the complaint.

The letter also alleges that other members of the Fairview Business Association did not agree with the association endorsing candidates and that the endorsement came from President Garth Everhart.

Everhart received a letter asking for a written response within 15 days of Oct. 25, offering any documents or data to support his position and respond to the complaint.

“This type of campaigning has never happened in Fairview, and it bothers me to see my small city portrayed in such a manner,” Jones wrote.

Garth Everhart, co-founder and president of the Fairview Business Association, could not be reached for comment.




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