The complaint alleged David Chan, a 2019 Candidate for South Snohomish Fire and Rescue Regional Fire Authority Fire Commissioner Position 4, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using fire district facilities to assist his and another candidate’s campaign, by campaigning in his official uniform supplied with taxpayer funds. You provided photos of Chan waving campaign signs in a shirt with the South Snohomish Fire and Rescue Regional Fire Authority Fire logo.
In the response, Chan provided the purchase order and check he used to pay for the shirt worn in the photographs provided in the complaint. PDC guidance (PDC Interpretation 04-02) for local government agencies in election campaigns states the use of self-purchased uniforms is permitted to support a campaign.
Based on these findings staff has determined, in this instance, the alleged use of public facilities of South Snohomish Fire and Rescue to assist David Chan’s re-election campaign and the campaign of another candidate, does not amount to a violation warranting further investigation.
Based on this information, the PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).