Mayoral candidate ends campaign amid allegations

By The Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON — A southern Indiana county commissioner has suspended her campaign for Bloomington mayor after a former county contractor accused her of sexual harassment and workplace retaliation when he rejected her advances.

The Herald-Times reports that Monroe County Commissioner Amanda Barge suspended her campaign Tuesday. Barge announced in January that she was challenging Mayor John Hamilton in the May 7 Democratic mayoral primary.

Brandon Drake alleges Barge retaliated when he rejected her advances, “using her power to effectively dismantle” the drug abuse helpline he was working on then terminated his job.

Barge has denied Drake’s allegations. She said Wednesday that she does not plan to resign from her county commissioner seat.

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