The race for EWEB Wards 6&7 just got a little strange and ugly with this attack mailing against Sonya Carlson.
Carlson is running against Gary Malone in the position. EW reached out to Carlson and Malone for comment.
Malone at first responded: “Sans commentaires, Ne pas oublier de voter.” (No comments, Don’t forget to vote).
He did not explain why his response was in French.
Carlson has issued a statement:
“The Eugene Chamber of Commerce, the Register-Guard, the Eugene Weekly and dozens of elected officials and other community members across the political spectrum have publicly endorsed my campaign for EWEB. I am proud of the broad range of support I have garnered. Yesterday, I was informed that my opponent turned to negative campaigning. It is unfortunate, but I am confident that voters will see the hit piece for what it is. My husband and I purchased our home in a working class neighborhood in Santa Clara almost seven years ago. I graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2005 and had been in the workforce for nearly a decade before I decided to return to school to pursue my masters degree in business administration. As a mother, it was a difficult decision to make, as we would be living on one income. Likewise, choosing to run for EWEB was not a decision I took lightly, but I have been honored and humbled by the encouragement I have received. “
Later on Friday. May 13, Malone said he did have comments after all, writing:
“I do have comments. The flyer did come from my campaign. I apologize to Sonya Carlson and anyone else who may have been offended and would ask for their forgiveness. The intent was to educate the voter. I am saddened to say one more piece was mailed that I tried to stop that reflects the same style. I have taken steps to ensure this type of campaigning will not happen in the future.”