WATCH: More controversy for Saanich mayor Richard Atwell after campaign worker files lawsuit against him
There’s more controversy today for Saanich mayor Richard Atwell.
He’s facing a legal headache, after a former campaign volunteer took legal action against him.
Cynthia Carlsen helped run Atwell’s 2014 election campaign and Atwell has since admitted that he had an extramarital affair with her as well.
In her claim filed in court this week, Carlsen is seeking $1,400 — money she says she’s owed for insurance payments on a 2007 Audi Q7.
Carlsen says Atwell bought the car for her to compensate her for working on the campaign but he kept it registered in his name and then took it from her house in the middle of the night after they had a falling out.
Atwell says the car was not payment for work on the campaign and agreed to speak to CHEK News because he said he wanted to set the record straight.
“Her contribution to camp was as volunteer and I think she’s mis-characterized this and I have correspondence from her to verify that,” Atwell says. “The car was to help her out during our relationship and after the relationship ended she instructed me to take the car and I did.”
Atwell says he’s seeking restraining order against Carlsen
Atwell says he plans to pay Carlsen back for the insurance and is seeking a restraining order against her.
For her part, Carlsen claims she’s received unwanted contact from Atwell and has a safety plan from Saanich Police, who confirm they’ve had contact with both parties.
None of the claims have been proven in court.
“I would like to move on from this,” Atwell says. “This is an issue that’s been lingering from last year with relationship I had and I would like to put it behind me.”