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Anonymous campaign letter stuns East Carbon voters

East Carbon voter Chris Williams reads the anonymous letter passed through East Carbon late Monday night. Police are investigating who may have printed the material at East Carbon's City Hall Complex.

By C.J. McMANUS
Sun Advocate reporter

An anonymous campaign letter is causing quite a ruckus in East Carbon City as the town is now hours away from electing a new mayor and three council members.

In the early morning hours before Tuesday's municipal elections, an unknown source blanketed the town of East Carbon with a negatively slanted campaign letter aimed at town mayoral candidate Barbara Fisher and city council member Darrell Valdez.

The two-sided letter, which was placed on every resident's door step, stated in bold type, "Vote for the future. Vote NO for Barbra [sic] Fisher. Vote NO for Darrel [sic] Valdez. Vote YES for new faces!"

On its reverse, the unsigned campaign material took issue with Fisher's prior record as a council member and some of her comments during an October debate hosted by the Sun Advocate.

The letter accused Fisher of causing city debt, favoring the arrival of ECDC to get her husband a job and allowing sub-par sidewalks and roads to be installed in East Carbon.

Her son, although not named in the letter, was repeatedly attacked by the printing.

As for Valdez, the letter took issue with his work history, his son's position at East Carbon City and his management of the city's malt stand.

East Carbon write-in mayoral candidate Marcus Palacios has addressed the letter via Facebook and had these comments for the Sun Advocate.

"I had absolutely nothing to do with this letter and am appalled by this kind of negative and slanderous tactic," he said. "Both the Valdez and Fisher families are great members of this community and don't deserve to have their names drug through the mud over what amounts to a list of lies and half truths."

Both Valdez and Fisher were stunned by the letter which has been the only negative salvo launched during an otherwise friendly campaign atmosphere.

During the Sun Advocate's public debate on Oct. 17, none of the issues mentioned in the letter where brought up as a challenge to Fisher's platform.

Upset by the last minute tactics, Valdez approached city hall to inquire about whether a large number of copies had been made there Monday night. According to city officials, more than 400 duplicates were made near 11 p.m.

"There is surveillance video available in the area of the copy machine and the department has been asked to investigate who made a large number of copies late Monday night," said city Police Chief Sam Leonard. "We most likely won't be able to view that video today. However, should a conflict of interest arise, the matter will be turned over to another department."

Check back here at www.sunad.com and in Thursday's print edition for more on this story as well as complete election coverage.




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