Urquharts campaign website no longer shows his endorsers.
Urquhart's campaign website no longer shows his endorsers. screenshot, johnforsheriff.com

As local elected leaders withdraw their support from John Urquhart, the incumbent sheriff has removed the list of endorsers from his campaign website.

The page now reads: "Our opponent’s team is currently harassing our endorsers, so out of respect to our supporters, we are removing their names from public posting."

Campaigns for Urquhart and his opponent, Mitzi Johanknecht did not respond to The Stranger's request for comment.

This week, a dozen local elected officials have withdrawn their endorsements of Urquhart and the statewide progressive organization Fuse has removed Urquhart from their voter guide. On Wednesday, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, which is supporting Johanknecht, sent letters to all the King County Council members asking them to rescind their endorsements and held a press conference calling on local leaders to "take a stand against rape culture," said the group's president Tiffany Hankins.

Urquhart faces two allegations of sexual assault. The first allegation surfaced last year, when a former deputy accused Urquhart of raping her in 2002. King County prosecutors declined to file charges in the case, citing a lack of evidence and the statute of limitations. However, the King County Ombudsman's Office found that Urquhart had a conflict of interest when he asked his office not to document or investigate the allegation. The second allegation came to light this week when the Seattle Times reported that another former deputy alleges that the sheriff groped him three years ago in the parking lot of a Renton restaurant. Renton police are investigating Urquhart for "unwanted touching with sexual motivation." The former deputy received a $160,000 settlement that he tells the Times he believed was "hush money." Although settlements over $100,000 require executive permission, the settlement was distributed in smaller payments and did not receive approval from King County Executive Dow Constantine, the Times reports.

Urquhart also faces a claim that he offered to share the first accuser's medical records and a separate claim that he improperly shared the second accuser's personnel records. He has denied all of the allegations and sued his second accuser for defamation.

Sydney Brownstone contributed reporting.