Seaside cracks down on mayoral candidate’s spending

By Jenna Ethridge
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Kayla Jones current City Council member and mayoral candidate for the city of Seaside.

Kayla Jones, Seaside City Council member, has been a consistent figure in local news, as her running for the mayor of Seaside has brought about several cases requiring independent investigations.

Jones has spent more than $20,000 of taxpayer money toward travel expenses, food and child care for her young daughter, causing taxpayers to encourage Jones to resign from the council and mayoral election. Jones is also the only City Council member who has been issued a credit card funded by the city.

In more recent news, the city of Seaside has fined Jones thousands of dollars, following her failing to turn in three important campaign disclosure forms dealing with finances. After multiple warnings, Jones’ fine will now continue to increase in amount until it is paid for and the documents are disclosed.

As a young, queer woman running for mayor, Jones has also expressed frustration with alleged sexual harassment by fellow council and community members. Jones has experienced harassment concerning her wearing of a wig in professional settings, makeup, marriage, sexuality and motherhood, as well as a history of not being taken seriously on the council due to her gender.

Elections for the mayor of Seaside and other council positions are taking place on Nov. 6.

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