It is not unusual for complaints to be filed with election officials as voting day nears, and this year is no exception. But two complaints filed with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office in recent days stand out.
First, former state legislator Jules Bailey has filed a complaint accusing Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone of misrepresenting her educational background in the Voters' Pamphlet page she submitted for both the primary and general election. Bailey based his complaint on a Sept. 16 Willamette Week article that reported that Iannarone described her education background as "Ph.D (ABD)," with "ABD" standing for "all but dissertation."
In the complaint filed the same day the article was published, Bailey said "ABD" has no official meaning in academia, meaning Iannarone is falsely claiming she has a Ph.D. "ABD simply means Iannarone did not complete her doctoral program, and therefore has not earned the degree she claims to have," wrote Bailey, who claimed Iannarone has misrepresented her education credentials in other ways in the past.
Although anyone could have filed such a complaint, Bailey ran against Iannarone for Portland mayor in 2016. Both lost to Ted Wheeler, with Bailey coming in second and Iannarone coming in third.
Iannarone campaign director Gregory McKelvey responded by saying, "Voters are tired of tacky political games when our city is in crisis. This is a cheap ploy by opponents of our campaign. Sarah is Ph.D. ABD, a term easily Googled."
The next day, the Clackamas County chair-elect filed a complaint with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office accusing Metro of illegally co-sponsoring a political fundraiser with the Oregon League of Conservation Voters on Sept. 11. The Virtual Celebration for the Environment had many sponsors, including other environmental organizations and Democrat Party elected officials. But one link included Metro as one of four "Other sponsors" of the event, which Smith said is illegal because it is a government.
"I am disgusted that METRO would so boldly violate Oregon's elections laws and take advantage of taxpayers in this way," Smith said in a news release announcing the complaint, which also criticized the event for taking place during the recent wildfire.
Metro said it could not comment on the complaint and the OLCV did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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