The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint John Kesler III filed on March 1, 2021. The complaint alleged that Yen Huynh (Respondent), a Candidate for City Councilmember, for City of Olympia may have violated RCW 42.17A.205, .700 and WAC 390-18-040 for failure to register as a candidate (C-1) and file Personal Financial Affairs (F-1) within two weeks of becoming a candidate; and for using "re-elect" in political advertising.
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; and the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, the F-1 being filed two (2) days beyond the statutory requirement and the use of re-elect versus retain does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.
PDC staff is reminding Yen Huynh about the importance of the timely filings of all future PDC reports and the importance of ensuring political advertising is in accordance with the PDC statutes and rules.
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).Disposition: Case Closed with Reminder (Resolved 03/31/2021)