Clackamas Community College is asking Dave Hunt to step down from his elected position as a board member in light of his arrest for commercial sexual solicitation.
CCC's Board of Education "made the difficult decision" to ask Hunt to resign "for the good of the college" in a statement released July 14.
"Mr. Hunt's continuing to serve on the board is detrimental to the college and its students," Hunt's fellow board members wrote. "We understand that Mr. Hunt has pleaded not guilty to the charge, but at a time when equity and inclusion are the touchstones of our work, the college cannot have in leadership a person who put himself in the position of being charged with a crime, the victims of which are nearly always vulnerable women … We hope he puts the college's interests first and allows us to appoint a replacement to his position."
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, 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.
CCC board members can't be terminated by the college, but 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.
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, but only about 10% of the votes were write-ins.
Hunt, through his attorney, has denied the allegations. He has stepped back from his duties as a college board member but has not officially resigned.
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