About a dozen Salem-place attorneys are contacting for a general public apology from Marion County District Lawyer Paige Clarkson, who they say defamed them in a mailer despatched by Clarkson’s marketing campaign against her opponent Spencer Todd.

Todd, 33, announced his candidacy for Marion County District Lawyer very last tumble from incumbent Clarkson, 48, in the upcoming Might 17 primaries in Oregon, marking the initial time in at minimum 38 decades the nonpartisan district legal professional seat is contested.

The campaigning has been vitriolic.

Clarkson, who has two decades of encounter as a prosecutor in the county, has accused Todd of missing experience and having a”smooth-on-criminal offense” solution. Todd, who has worked as a demo attorney for 8 decades, criticized the way Clarkson runs the District Attorney’s Business, accusing her of lacking”on-the-floor” leadership and needing a far more nuanced strategy to how the workplace handles scenarios.

The mailer was sent past week and compensated for by Pals of Paige Clarkson, a marketing campaign committee that lists Clarkson herself as the treasurer. The mailer has a picture of Todd and says, “You know a man by the corporation he keeps … so why is Spencer Todd paling about with defense attorneys & convicted criminals?”

The flyer then lists “an army” of 11 legal protection lawyers, which include Marion County Affiliation of Defenders Executive Director Olcott Thompson.

The flyer also mentions a handful of of Todd’s latest campaign contributions, which includes a $50,000 donation from Aaron Boonshoft, a Portland trader. Boonshoft, as previously claimed by Willamette 7 days, donated additional than $1 million to the Urban Justice Center’s Intercourse Employees Task, a New York-based mostly authorized nonprofit that “defends the human rights of intercourse workers.”