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Despite appearing to claim to be 'city commissioner' providing 'confident leadership,' Secretary of State finds another possible interpretation

An Oregon City candidate running to unseat an incumbent raised some eyebrows when he mailed a postcard to registered voters across the city that appeared to claim he was a "city commissioner" providing "confident leadership."

PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Oregon City candidate Jeff Akin raised some eyebrows when he mailed this postcard to registered voters across the city.Andrea Chiapella, spokesperson for the Oregon Secretary of State, said that Jeff Akin's mailer falls short of his making "a knowing false statement of material fact." Akin is running against incumbent City Commissioner Frank O'Donnell, and Akin would have had to knowingly make a false statement in order to violate election law.

Chiapella acknowledged that Akin's omission of the word "for" (between the candidate's name and the office they are running for) could be read to imply that the candidate is the incumbent. 

"However, this is not the only possible interpretation, and it is reasonable to interpret (Akin's postcard) as indicating the person is running for the office listed," Chiapella said.

Akin has not responded to a request for comment about the mailer. According to Secretary of State records, he put together a mailer on Oct. 13 through a $446 in-kind contribution after receiving a $500 cash contribution from the Oregon Home Builders' political action committee on Oct. 5.


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