5K sign petition to boot man from PSU election over sodomy conviction

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 5,000 people have signed a petition to withdraw Tony Funchess off the Portland State University student election.

Funchess, who was convicted of sodomy and attempted rape, was a front-runner as president of the student body. Just last week, someone distributed hundreds of fliers throughout campus with Funchess' mugshot and previous criminal charges.

"I'm not allowing my past to anchor me and stop me from actually accomplishing some great change. Social change," Funchess told KATU last week.

This week, a petition calling for Funchess to withdraw ("Step Down, Tony") has garnered more than 5,000 signatures.

"We believe it would be inappropriate for a repeat sexual offender to hold the position of ASPSU president, a role which requires you represent the student voice regarding the crisis of sexual assault on college campuses," the petition reads.

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