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Friday, March 24, 2006

Aaron Dixon: Unqualified for public office

Aaron Dixon, the Green Party candidate who is running for no reason other than to give Republican Mike McGavick a better shot at knocking off Maria Cantwell, appears to be completely unqualified for public office.

David Goldstein of HorsesAss yesterday revealed that Dixon is an inactive voter:
I’ve made repeated inquiries with Dixon’s media contact (his wife Farah), and so far she has been unable to confirm or deny his voter registration status. She said she thought he voted in the last election, but King County’s voter database clearly doesn’t credit him with casting a ballot. And to further cloud his registration status is the fact that while he claims to live in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, the address on his inactive registration is smack dab in the Central District.
Conservative activist Richard Pope, who last year ran for a seat on the Seattle Port Commission, has discovered more about Aaron Dixon by looking through some court records:
Aaron be’s married to Verlenia Murphy, also known as Verlenia Dixon. Aaron done file a dissolution action against Verlenia in King County Superior Court No. 05-3-08358-5 SEA on December 6, 2005. Aaron wuz plannin’ to waltz on into court just yesterday and gets himself divorced from Verlenia. But Verlenia done gots herself an attorney – Rebecca Kenison – and she musta be fightin’ Aaron over this whole process. So maybe they will have to go to trial on November 13, 2006, the Monday after the general election. So much fo’ Aaron plannin’ to marry this Farah anytime soon.


Aaron Dixon has failed to pay the following traffic fines (which do not include interest at 12% per annum and collection costs of about 35% imposed on unpaid fines sent out to collection):

King County District Court No. IS0133390 KCP, Operating Motor Vehicle Without Insurance on January 20, 2005. Failed to respond to ticket. Total fine of $590.00 imposed on March 11, 2005. Sent to AllianceOne Receivables for collection on June 22, 2005.

King County District Court No. IS0140956 KCP, Operating Motor Vehicle Without Insurance and Defective Tail Lamps on April 12, 2005. Failed to respond to ticket. Total fine of $691.00 imposed on June 6, 2005. Sent to AllianceOne Receivables for collection on August 3, 2005.

King County District Court No. I03925758 WSP (East Division - Shoreline), Failure to Wear Safety Belt on May 20, 2004. Requested mitigation hearing to reduce amount of fine. Judge reduced the fine from $101.00 to $75.00 on July 12, 2004 and gave him time to pay the fine. Failed to pay anything on the fine. Fine increased to $127.00 on December 27, 2004 for failure to pay. Sent to AllianceOne Receivables for collection on July 27, 2005.

Aaron Dixon probably owes LOTS and LOTS of traffic fines in Seattle Municipal Court. Unfortunately, the system that I subscribe to does not provide much information on Seattle Municipal Court. I only get a listing of criminal cases from that court, and not traffic infraction ticket cases. And the criminal cases only show the case number and date of violation, with no court docket and not even what the charge was. To get Seattle Municipal Court detailed information, you have to go down to that court and use their computer system.

In any event, Aaron Dixon owes $1,408.00 – plus interest and collection costs – just for his King County District Court unpaid tickets. I wonder if the Green Party is going to help him pay off his traffic fines?

Aaron Dixon has lots of criminal experience as well – 18 cases in the last 17 years.
What a shame that the Green Party embraced Dixon as a candidate without thoroughly checking out his background. They should have realized that candidates for elected office are subject to a high level of public scrutiny.

This has to be a major embarrassment for the Green Party. They ought to withdraw their support of Dixon immediately.

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