Ticket Number: 
39203
Complainant: 
Carollynn Zimmers
Respondent: 
Rebecca Erickson
Created Date: 
August 13, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations
Description: 

Your complaint alleged that Rebecca Erickson, the current Mayor of the City of Poulsbo, violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using the City of Poulsbo Mayor's office to support her candidacy for State Representative in Legislative District 23 in the 2018 election by inviting attendees of a political forum to visit her official Mayoral office when it is unlikely they have concerns relevant to city business.

On August 1, 2018, Mayor Erickson attended a political forum as a candidate for State Representative in which she invited attendees to contact her at the several city and non-city locations to discuss general issues of concern. In her response, Mayor Erickson stated that she specifically stated to the attendees of the forum that she would not be discussing campaign related topics during official office hours or at the official city location. In response to continued confusion, Mayor Erickson took actions to further clarify that the city office would not be used to discuss campaign topics by posting signage at her desk in Poulsbo City Hall, stating that election topics would not be discussed at that location.

Mayor Rebecca Erickson has a history of using the Poulsbo City Hall and Mayoral offices, in ways that are consistent with permissible activities related to candidate campaigns and ballot measures under PDC Interpretation #04-02 and not in violation of RCW 42.17A.555. No evidence was found that Mayor Erickson used the official Mayoral office to support her 2018 candidacy for State Representative.