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BREAKING: City Commission candidate arrested

Michael Tristan Berman, a city commissioner candidate for Oregon City in the November election, was arrested early Friday morning on a drunk-driving charge.

Photo Credit: OREGON CITY - Mike BermanAccording to Clackamas County Jail records, Mike Berman was processed at 1:45 a.m. Sept. 26 and released at 2:30 p.m. He received the charge while driving his Toyota pickup near the intersection of Center and Sixth streets in Oregon City.

With his cell phone off and the 505 Tavern he owns closed during the afternoon, Berman was not available for immediate comment. His opponent in the election, Daphne Wuest, said she was saddened by the news.

“As a person, I hope he doesn’t have any really trouble with alcohol,” Wuest said. “If he does have a drinking problem, then maybe this will be a wake-up call for him to get help. But I will let the people in the community decide whether it affects his ability to lead Oregon City.”

Berman supporter Nancy Walters said she has chosen not to ask about details when Berman alluded to the drunk-driving charge.

“I think he has some traffic tickets as well,” Walters said. “I know he rarely drinks these days. He is a very decent, honest, hard-working guy.”

Berman has represented the Canemah Neighborhood Association on the Oregon City Citizen Involvement Council, and he currently serves on the Main Street Oregon City board of directors.

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