Local Electeds Call for Boddie to Step Down | Local News | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Coverage for Central Oregon, by Central Oregonians.
100% Local. No Paywalls.

Every day, the Source publishes a mix of locally reported stories on our website, keeping you up to date on developments in news, food, music and the arts. We’re committed to covering this city where we live, this city that we love, and we hear regularly from readers who appreciate our ability to put breaking news in context.

The Source has been a free publication for its 22 years. It has been free as a print version and continued that way when we began to publish online, on social media and through our newsletters.

But, as most of our readers know, times are different for local journalism. Tech giants are hoovering up small businesses and small-business advertising—which has been the staple for locally owned media. Without these resources, journalism struggles to bring coverage of community news, arts and entertainment that social media cannot deliver.

Please consider becoming a supporter of locally owned journalism through our Source Insider program. Learn more about our program’s benefits by clicking through today.

Support Us Here

News » Local News

Local Electeds Call for Boddie to Step Down

Accusations against City Councilor and House 54 candidate prompt community leaders to speak out

by

1 comment
ERIN ROOK
  • Erin Rook

Accusations against City Councilor and House 54 candidate, Dr. Nathan Boddie, are prompting at least one of his fellow city councilors—and others—to call for him to step down.

Oregon Public Broadcasting released a story July 6 in which Moey Newbold, a local woman who works for Central Oregon LandWatch, said Boddie groped her at a bar in 2012.

Boddie denied knowledge of that incident—though following that story, Newbold's employer, Paul Dewey, confirmed he'd had knowledge of the incident since 2012, and had even spoken with Boddie about it back then. On July 7, Boddie said Newbold may have been struggling with substance abuse problems at the time of the alleged incident. Newbold later stated that was false.

The allegations against Boddie came after FuturePAC, a fundraising committee representing Oregon House Democrats, pulled its support of Boddie last month, accusing him of "using a homophobic slur and promoting the illegal consumption of alcohol."

On Monday, Mayor Pro Tem Sally Russell, who serves alongside Boddie on the council, stated, "The recent personal accounts related by Moey Newbold make clear that Dr. Boddie can no longer remain an effective City Councilor representing Bend, or an effective candidate for HD 54. His effort to impune Ms. Newbold's character instead of acknowledging his actions is unconscionable, and I applaud her bravery in coming forward with her story. As elected officials, it is our responsibility to encourage an open and transparent dialog regarding an issue like this. Instead, Dr. Boddie has worked to obscure the truth and has shown only defensive excuses in the face of facts. Our community deserves better."

Russell also said she'd be working to create a process for the City of Bend for dealing with complaints like this, and will introduce a new policy requiring city elected and appointed officials to participate in harassment trainings.

"With something this serious, it will be difficult for Dr. Boddie to effectively work with community leaders and his fellow councilors to serve our city. It's time for Councilor Boddie to resign," Russell wrote in the email sent to the Source.

Meanwhile, other community leaders have also pulled support of Boddie.

In a statement emailed to the Source Monday, District Attorney John Hummel said: "Boddie's public response to Newbold's allegation was reprehensible and beneath the dignity of a sitting city councilor and candidate for future office. Boddie is entitled to publicly deny the allegation, though his doing so strains credulity. But to trash the reputation of his accuser by sharing with the public what Boddie claims to be Newbold's medical condition is disgraceful, particularly in light of the fact that Boddie is a physician.

I stand with Moey Newbold and against Nathan Boddie."

In regard to FuturePAC's accusation, Hummel stated, "Future PAC handled this matter in a ham-handed fashion and should immediately release the details of the allegations against Boddie so that voters and the entire public can judge their significance for themselves. As a prosecutor, I know that the details matter in cases like this.

"Moey Newbold's allegation on the other hand was clear, detailed, and moving."

Boddie is the Democratic candidate for the Oregon House 54 race, a position currently held by Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend).

The Source reached out to Boddie to address several perceived inconsistencies in the last statement received from him, but has yet to receive a response. 

About The Author

Nicole Vulcan

Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. (Blame her for everything since then.) Favorite car: A Trek commuter bike. Favorite cat: An adopted dog who looks like a Jedi master. Favorite things, besides responding to your comments: Downton Abbey re-runs, Aretha Franklin albums, and pink wine.

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

 

Add a comment

More by Nicole Vulcan