The "Bond G" referenced in Nelson's advertisement is Measure G — the $198 million school bond approved by local voters in June. Nelson was a vocal opponent of the bond, not because he opposed bringing more money into the school district, he said, but because he felt school district officials did not seek out sufficient community input before placing the measure on the ballot.
Duggan, however, was not an opponent of the measure and said he never withdrew support for the bond.
"I was sent (after it was published) a copy of the ad," Duggan wrote in an email to the Voice. "I was not aware in advance that I would be mentioned in such an ad and would have declined being so represented if I had been contacted. I did not withdraw my endorsement of the measure and do not know why Mr. Nelson thought I did so."
Duggan said that while Nelson contacted him about his concerns about Measure G prior to the June election, he informed Nelson that he had already endorsed the measure and would not rescind his endorsement.
"I have no idea why or how Mr. Nelson reached the conclusion that I had done so or why he decided to reference me in his ad without contacting me in advance."
Nelson acknowledged that Duggan had told him at one point that he was in favor of Measure G, and confirmed that he had not contacted the former city manager to inform him of the advertisement. But, Nelson added, "my understanding and Kevin's seem to be different on the matter."
According to Nelson, he asked Duggan to read the fine print of the measure and about a month later asked the former city manager, in person, whether he had changed his mind. From that face-to-face conversation, Nelson said, "I understood he (Duggan) had sent an email asking that his name be taken off the endorsement list."
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