DES MOINES, Iowa — A candidate in the Ward 2 Des Moines City Council race is accused of obtaining an endorsement in an illegal way.
Incumbent Councilwoman Linda Westergaard will face former Councilman Skip Moore in a runoff election in December.
Jerry Davis, who also ran for the seat but lost, posted this on Facebook about endorsing Moore:
“I proposed that in order to get my endorsement they would have to donate 10-20% of their remaining campaign contributions, to a nonprofit Eastside charity, and a seat on a committee. My opponent agreed to both of the terms.”
This proposition would be illegal. Davis and Moore both say they didn’t know that.
In a statement, Davis said:
“I`m not a politician and I had no idea that I couldn`t make that offer. I`m still going to endorse Skip but with no stipulations or strings. Had I known, I would have never asked for those things.”
Moore has not responded to Channel 13’s request for comment. The runoff election is Dec. 3.