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No charges in fight between council candidate, opponent's supporter.
SNOQUALMIE - A candidate for the Snoqualmie City Council and a supporter of his opponent were involved in a fight last week, to which police officers responded.
Snoqualmie City Prosecutor Lynn Moberly said Monday that no charges would be filed in the altercation.
According to police reports, the incident between Matt Larson and Pete Goforth occurred about 3 p.m. last Thursday at Goforth's house, 7006 Fairway Ave. S.E.
The reports stated that Larson went to Goforth's house to continue a discussion that began Tuesday night at a candidates' forum about whether the city should continue to operate a fire department.
The argument grew heated and a fight ensued. Both men say the other attacked them.
"It was an assault, and I'm standing by that," Larson said, adding that he couldn't have struck Goforth because there was no swelling in his hands.
"I never laid a hand or a finger on him," he said.
Goforth, who supports incumbent Colleen Johnson in the Position 1 City Council race, said that wasn't the case.
"Anybody who wants to can go up to the police department and take a look at [the picture of] the shiner that I've been sporting for the past week," he said.
Larson said he was disappointed that no charges were filed. Both men, who live a few houses away from each other, said they were sorry the incident happened in their neighborhood.
"The reaction in my neighborhood is a bit of sadness and disappointment," Larson said.
"The has kind of put a pall on the whole neighborhood up here," Goforth said.