Case #89175
Respondent name: Tony Sandoval
Complainant name: Kenton Gartrell

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed on April 13, 2021. The complaint alleged that Anthony Sandoval, a candidate for Yakima City Council in the 2021 election, may have violated RCW 42.17A.205 for failure to register as a candidate within two weeks of declaring candidacy (e.g. news article, press release) by filing a C-1 report (Candidate Registration) with the PDC.

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.

It appears that late filing of the C-1 report by Mr. Sandoval was due to a lack of knowledge of PDC filing requirements and not made to withhold information from the public regarding his campaign.

Based on our findings staff has determined that, in this instance, failure to timely file the C-1 report for the 2021 election does not amount to a finding of a violation that warrants further investigation.

Pursuant to WAC 390-37-060(1)(d), Anthony Sandoval will receive a formal written warning concerning failure to timely file a C-1 report registering his candidacy. The formal written warning will include staff’s expectation that Mr. Sandoval timely files all future required reports. The Commission will consider the formal written warning in deciding on further Commission action if there are future violations of PDC laws or 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 Written Warning (Resolved 05/19/2021)
Date opened: 04/19/2021
Area of Law: RCW 42.17A.205

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