BEND, OR -- Bend's city council election may be over, the but the fighting is not. Voters elected Casey Roats to the council on Election Day, but supporters of his opponent are still trying to prevent him from taking his seat. They claim Roats didn't meet residency requirements, and they've tried three different ways to stop him. The Secretary of State's office is investigating, the Bend City Council will probably have to decide whether Roats met residency requirements. And now, Foster Fell, who happens to be the partner of newly elected councilor Barb Campbell is suing Roats saying he wasn't a valid candidate.
Roats says the continuing battle is exhausting. "I'm really disappointed. I wasn't expecting it." He said, "I'ts going to cost me money to hire a lawyer. And i was brought forward by the partner of a councilor-elect." He says that could make things awkward. "It'll make it that much more challenging to get a good working relationship if you're getting sued from someon'e significant other. But, I'm willing to work past that for the sake of the community and get down to business."
Fell's attorney is Charlie Ringo, who heads up the political action committee that suported Roats' opponent. Ringo wants to ask Casey Roats questions on the record, next week.