Frank Mahaffay, who ran as a Republican against Democrat Sherry Appleton for state representative in 2004, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of identity theft and was present at a preliminary hearing today.
Kitsap Sun reporter Josh Farley is preparing a story that will post soon.
In an Oct. 16, 2004 story I wrote, there was mention of Mahaffay’s financial struggles.
Mahaffay has experienced some financial difficulties. In 1998 he filed personal bankruptcy and since 2000 has been taken to court three times for writing checks that were not honored by his bank. One of those cases was dismissed. The other two he paid off.
“I had rough times,” he said. “I made a mistake and paid for that mistake and have moved on from that.”
The information from the newspaper story was later used in Democratic advertising. Angela Smith wrote on Oct. 30, 2004 about some of the negative campaigning and included a quote from Mahaffay:
“I was the victim of (attacks) via the Bremerton Sun, but haven’t been the victim from any other perspective,”
In the county’s Rebublican voter guide prior to the 2004 Primary, Mahaffay answered the question about the top challenge of the office:
Out of control spending and misapplied dollars are hindering our economic prosperity.