A complaint was filed alleging that Greg Wheeler, the incumbent Mayor of the City of Bremerton, and a candidate seeking re-election to that office in 2021, may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using City of Bremerton facilities to support his candidacy for re-election.
Pursuant to RCW 42.17A.555 no public facilities can be used by or authorized to be used directly or indirectly by any local elected or appointed official or public employee, to support or oppose any candidate or ballot proposition.
Specifically, the complaint alleged that Mayor Wheeler posted photographs on his re-election website “of himself wearing City clothing and posing in front of City vehicles. He also posts ribbon cutting events and other events where he is pictured in his capacity as Mayor of Bremerton.” Mayor Wheeler stated in his response:
There was no evidence provided or found that Mayor Wheeler wore City of Bremerton clothing in any of the photographs taken by friends of the candidate or the candidate’s spouse, and that were subsequently posted on his Campaign website.
Based on these findings, PDC staff found no evidence of a violation that would require conducting a more formal investigation into the complaint or pursuing enforcement action in this instance. The PDC has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).
Disposition: Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations (Resolved 04/30/2021)