Legislative candidate makes false voters' pamphlet statement
Lynnette Shaw, a Democrat running for Oregon House District 24, falsely claimed in her Oregon Voters' Pamphlet statement she received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota.
House District 24 covers a mostly rural area that spans from McMinnville and Dundee to rural Cornelius and Hillsboro.
In a complaint to the Oregon Secretary of State on Wednesday, Oct. 7, Trey Rosser, the director of Evergreen Oregon PAC, the campaign arm for the Oregon House Republicans, called for an investigation into the false information.
Lying in a voters' pamphlet is considered a Class C felony in Oregon.
Rosser called on election officials to refer the case to the Oregon attorney general's office for prosecution after they confirm the false information, to which Shaw admitted Wednesday afternoon.
In a post on Facebook, Shaw said her statement in the November general election Voters' Pamphlet was "incorrectly amended" after the May primary.
"I work with a team of people to craft and submit pamphlet statements, and there are a lot of hands involved in putting those together — in the midst of team communication, we started our draft with an old Foogle doc that contained the mistake, I failed to spot the error and I take full responsibility for not catching it before submission," Shaw wrote. "I want to be clear that this was a completely unintentional oversight, a mistake — and as indicated by my primary pamphlet statement, there was no intention to deceive anyone."
In the message, Shaw apologized and described the circumstances that led to her dropping out of college after starting to pursue a degree at the age of 34. She said she was a single parent and in the final semester of a pre-med track at the time.
"A family mental health crisis pulled me away from my coursework," Shaw wrote. "I had no choice but to sacrifice my educational trajectory for the sake of my family, and I wasn't able to complete my final credits. The end result was that I needed to find work and health insurance immediately — so I entered the workforce."
Shaw is facing Republican Rep. Ron Noble, who has held the legislative seat since 2016, in the Nov. 3 general election.
Noble did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement, Rosser also called on Working Families Party and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley to withdraw their support of Shaw.
He added the party, Merkley and Gov. Kate Brown withdrew their support for Amanda La Bell, a Democrat running for House District 54, after she fraudulently included a college degree on her Voters' Pamphlet statement in 2018.
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