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Two slates of opposing candidates are locked in a bitter race for control of City Council.

Many Gladstone voters recently received an anonymous mailer signed by "Residents for Integrity in Gladstone Government," which does not appear to be legally registered by a political action committee or a previously established group of any type.

Several residents have reported the mailer to the secretary of state's office because the mailer doesn't say who paid for it, which is an apparent violation of Oregon statutes requiring a "statement of persons who paid for communication in support of or in opposition to clearly identified candidate."Bill Osburn and Luke Roberts

Gladstone residents received the mailer that supported a slate of four candidates — Neal Reisner, Tammy Stempel, Mindy Garlington and Bill Osburn — and on the other side were five candidates with their faces crossed out: Veronica Reichle, Michael Milch, Vanessa Huckaby, Luke Roberts and a previously recalled city councilor not running with the opposing slate of candidates.

A previously convicted felon, Osburn shared the mailer online through social media and wrote, offering no evidence, that the opposing slate of candidates wants to "burn our cities to the ground."

Reichle was targeted with one of the more obvious inaccuracies in the mailer, since her crossed-out face included the words "no experience," while the same mailer acknowledged she had experience with a successful campaign to petition the city for park protections later approved by voters.

In a social media post, Reichle said she would not speak ill of other candidates, but she pointed to her other volunteer experiences in the city through public schools and in serving on the board of the Gladstone Public Library Foundation for several years.

"I did these things not for political gain, but simply because I found them important. Thanks to my involvement, I've become familiar with our community and I care about our future, both as a city and as neighbors and friends," she wrote.


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