Young Dogged By Another Alleged Misdeed Over False Endorsement

ELECTION ’12//ASSEMBLY 18
May 8, 2012 | Last October, Carolyn Thomas-Russell, the executive director of one of the Bay Area’s most noteworthy nonprofit organizations, met 18th Assembly District candidate Joel Young for the first and only time, she said. Thomas-Russell was among a large group of supporters at Everett & Jones restaurant in Oakland’s Jack London district for an annual event held by her nonprofit, A Safe Place, which helps victims of domestic violence. Young spoke at the time about his aspirations for replacing termed-out Assemblyman Sandré Swanson in Sacramento, and recounted his own story of allegedly being victimized by an ex-girlfriend. Thomas-Russell listened to Young’s pitch and wished him luck. However, other than a few invitations from the Young campaign to attend a fundraiser, for which she said she did not respond, Thomas-Russell never paid much attention to Young or their conversation — that is, until three weeks ago…

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