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Leslie Waters to Dan Hester: Take Your Contribution and ...

SEMINOLE -- Council member Leslie Waters was vocal about her irritation with fellow council member Dan Hester after Tuesday's meeting, but how irked did not become apparent until the next day.

During a council discussion about replacing Patricia Hartstein, who resigned from office earlier this month, Hester had urged members to find one method and stick to it. Hester said the council uses a different method every time they need to fill a vacancy in order to tilt the scales in favor of certain individuals. Hester said the decision to pick the next highest votegetter in the March election - former council member Tom Barnhorn - smacked of backroom or smoky room politics.

Waters said after the meeting she was insulted by the comment. The next morning, she wrote a check to Hester for $100, the amount he'd donated to her campaign for the Seminole council.

On the check, Waters wrote: "Thanks anyway. Remit of '09 campaign contribution. Regret accepting it...Pleased to be returning it."

-- Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:52am]


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