Voters keep Dave Hunt on Clackamas Community College board
Clackamas Community College board member Dave Hunt ran unopposed for another four-year term in the May 18 special election, winning 90% of the vote.
After the news of Hunt's arrest, David W. Kays announced his run as a write-in candidate against Hunt. Only about 10% of the votes were write-ins, according to unofficial results.
In light of Hunt's arrest for commercial sexual solicitation, CCC President Tim Cook emailed students on May 7 to inform them that board members can't be terminated by the college.
Hunt could still be removed through the state recall process that would require signatures of 3% of CCC district voters before setting the date for a special election.
As first reported by Pamplin Media Group, the resident of the unincorporated Gladstone area was picked up in April during an undercover sting conducted by the Portland Police Bureau. A former Oregon House Speaker and current CCC board member, Hunt was among eight men cited in an operation where officers posted online decoy ads on known human trafficking websites, and people who according to the bureau "contacted undercover police officers to arrange payment for sexual acts" were criminally cited.
As reported by the Clackamas Print, Cook informed students that there's no mechanism for removing Hunt from office, even if he's convicted on the charges.
"Board members are elected officials and there are no existing policies on board member termination," Cook wrote. "The board may ask for a member to resign, but the member has the right to choose."
Hunt's attorney Michael P. De Muniz said Hunt's arraignment at Multnomah County Courthouse is scheduled for May 27, when there will be a formal charging document and another court date set to either resolve the case with a guilty plea or schedule the case for a trial.
Hunt, through his attorney, has denied the allegations and is refraining from making public statements until the process plays out in court. Hunt has stepped back from his duties as a college board member, but has not officially resigned.
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