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Bill Kirby removes incorrect endorsements from Auburn City Council campaign website

Incumbent scrambles to fix website flub
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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When City Councilman Dr. Bill Kirby learned late last week that his campaign website from the last election was live online and contained an outdated endorsements section, he said it would be taken down as soon as possible. On Monday, when he learned that the updated site still incorrectly listed endorsements, he called it “inexcusable” and attributed the errors to an “incompetent” webmaster. Around 3:30 p.m., Kirby said the webmaster began working to remove the incorrect endorsements after Kirby contacted him personally, and a check at 4 p.m. revealed the corrections had been made. Normally, Kirby’s campaign manger, Tom Jones, deals with the webmaster, but Kirby felt this was an urgent matter that required an immediate solution. “I’ve been scrambling on this between seeing patients,” said Kirby, who has a private urology practice in Auburn. “So I’ve been hustling to get this done.” Stan Hamlin, president of the Auburn Police Officers Association, expressed concern over the error last week and again reiterated his displeasure Tuesday because the association was still listed as endorsing Kirby when the only City Council candidate it now endorses is Gary Moffat. “We’ve been informed that Dr. Kirby’s new campaign site is up and running with many edits. He previously assured us that he was taking action and directing his staff to make necessary corrections, so naturally we were surprised to still find our group on his new revised list of endorsements,” Hamlin said. Moffat, an Auburn small-business owner, is running for public office for the first time, challenging incumbents Kirby and Keith Nesbitt for the two open seats on the Nov. 6 ballot. Kirby’s site, Kirby4Council.com, also incorrectly listed an endorsement from the Auburn Journal. Although The Journal endorsed Kirby in 2008, it has yet to make its endorsements for the City Council candidates.