Eligible to run and serve An open letter to the mayor and members of the Hermiston City Council: As you have no doubt seen and heard, there has been some question as to the whether I am eligible to run and serve as a member of the City Council, while my wife serves as an employee of the police department. Councilmember George Anderson has loudly proclaimed that the City Charter has forbidden this from occurring. If this is true, how did Patricia Wheelhouse work as Tom Harper's executive secretary, while her father Mayor Lawrence P. Gray was in office? The answer is: because it is allowed. This portion of the charter has not changed since 1956. They knew this in 1977, when an article was published in the March 10, 1977 edition of the Tri-City Herald about the life of Mayor Gray. In light of this information, I would like for the city to publically acknowledge that I am eligible to run and serve, while my wife continues her employment as a member of the police department, before the ballots are mailed out. Further I would like a formal retraction issued by Councilman Anderson about this subject and for him to cease any future attacks towards Karen or I on this matter.  

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