Randy Teig announced Monday morning that he will drop out of the race for a vacant Longview City Council seat due to a “conflict of interest.”
Teig told The Daily News that he is legally restricted from talking about the conflict, but said it was related to one of his two businesses: an ammunition supplier and a government consulting group.
“The city has unusually strict rules regarding businesses and relationships. When I looked at it and talked with other people involved, I saw that it was a problem,” he said.
“I can’t be a decision-maker if my business is involved with the city in any way or if there is any kind of relationship. I thought I could recuse myself from voting, but that’s not the case,” he added.
Teig is a former Portland police sergeant for the Neighborhood Response Team. Last month he started serving as the marine terminal administrator for the Port of Kalama.
The conflict has nothing to do with the Port of Kalama, he said.
He was running to fill the seat on the Longview City Council that Councilman Ken Botero is vacating.
Spencer Boudreau, a 19-year-old political activist and host of a social-media show, and Christine Schott, a realtor, are also running for Botero’s seat. (An expanded story on this race will appear in TDN later this week.)
The deadline to withdraw from the Aug. 6 primary has already passed, so Teig’s name will remain on the ballot when they are mailed out on July 19.
At the time he filed, the conflict “wasn’t even on the drawing board,” he said. But then he “researched it pretty thoroughly after conversations. It just wouldn’t be ethical. And it also wouldn’t be ethical to run and then quit. The whole thing is frustrating, but I have to make the choice.”
Before deciding to drop out, Teig said he purchased about $600 worth of campaign signs and ads.
Teig said he was “disappointed” to drop out, but said he will use his time to volunteer instead.
“I decided I needed to do this sooner than later. I could have sat on it until after the primary but I thought that would have been unfair. Two people are putting a lot of time and money into this.”
Boudreau told TDN Monday that he was glad to see that Teig plans to stay involved by volunteering.
“I think that the two of us in the race are still going to have to work just as hard as we were before. I wish the best of luck to Christine (Schott),” he said.
Schott said she couldn’t predict how Teig’s decision to drop out would impact the race.
“I was surprised to see him drop out and a little disappointed,” she said. “I was impressed by him so I thought that he had a good chance in the race. I wish him well.”