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By Katie Teachout
The Journal 

Sheriff accused of election law violations

Local election heats up over endorsement on office Facebook page


Last updated 10/22/2020 at 12:43pm

RITZVILLE - A post endorsing candidates in two county commissioner races was pulled off the Adams County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page, after a complaint was filed Oct. 12 with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

According to the state election law (Revised Code of Washington 42.17A.555), no elected official or public employee may use the facilities of a public office for the purpose of assisting a campaign.

Sheriff Dale Wagner allegedly posted endorsements for candidates Dan Blankenship for Adams County Commissioner District No. 1 and Jay Weise for Adams County Commissioner District...

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