Washougal mayor withdraws from upcoming election

first_imgWashougal Mayor Sean Guard withdraw his name from the upcoming election on Monday. Last week, screen shots of alleged inappropriate conversations Guard had with local residents spread on social media. Washougal will have a new mayor in November. Mayor Sean Guard withdrew his name from the election on Monday, along with Trianna Reed, leaving current City Councilor Dan Coursey and former councilor Molly Coston as the two candidates in the race. The withdrawal comes a week after screenshots of allegedly inappropriate conversations Guard had with local residents spread on social media. The Washougal Police Department confirmed that there is an open investigation involving Guard.The department sent out the following statement on Friday: “On May 17, 2017, the Washougal Police Department received a citizen’s complaint of potential harassment. The police department is in the early stages of this investigation to determine if any crimes were committed.”After Monday’s city council meeting, Washougal Police Chief Ron Mitchell said his department is done with its part of the investigation, and he reached out to another local law enforcement agency to continue with it. He declined to say which agency, as he hasn’t heard an official acceptance that the other agency will take over the investigation yet. Guard didn’t say anything about his withdrawal at Monday’s meeting, nor did any of the other councilors. After the meeting, he sent out a statement saying that for the last week, he endured “politically motivated” attacks.last_img

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