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Step Down Tony ­ Press Release 
For immediate release

Petition to withdraw sex offender from PSU student
election gathers 3000 signatures
 
Portland, OR (April 22, 2015) — A petition calling for Tony Funchess to withdraw from the 
Portland State University student government elections has reached 3000 signatures in less than a 
week. The petition, titled ​
Step Down, Tony​
, calls for Funchess to withdraw his candidacy for student 
body President in light of his history of violent and sexual offenses, which includes several arrests for 
domestic violence as well as two cases involving sex with minors. 
 
The petition states: “We believe it would be inappropriate for a repeat sexual offender to hold 
the position of ASPSU President, a role which requires that you represent the student voice regarding 
the crisis of sexual assault on college campuses.” As of Wednesday, April 22nd, the petition has 
received over 3000 signatures. 
 
Romain Bonilla is a graduate of PSU, where he served on the Student Fee Committee, and one 
of the organizers of ​
Step Down, Tony​
. “This shows how important of an issue this is,” he says, “and 
seeing how far some of these signatures have come from, people are looking to PSU to see how they 
handle this issue, and looking to Tony to do the right thing and step down from the election.” 
 
The ​
Step Down, Tony​
 petition comes in the midst of controversy surrounding the Portland State 
University student body elections. Last week, fliers circulated on campus decried Funchess’s criminal 
history, which prompted coverage from multiple news outlets, including OPB, KATU, and 
OregonLive.  
 
Arrest records and court documents confirm the allegations against Tony Funchess, who pled 
guilty to “attempted rape II for an incident in 2000, and sodomy in the third degree based on an incident 
in 2005.” According to Oregon statutes, the charge of Attempted Rape II is defined as “sexual 
intercourse with [a person] under 14 years of age.” The charge of Sodomy III is defined as “deviate 
sexual intercourse with another person under 16 years of age.” Tony Funchess was 23 years old at the 
time of the first incident, and 28 years old at the time of the second. 
 
For additional information, please contact: 
 
● Petition link:
http://www.tinyurl.com/stepdowntony  
● Step Down, Tony​
 organizers: 
stepdowntony@gmail.com 
● Candace Avalos, ASPSU advisor: 
(503) 725­5632 
● Michele Toppe, PSU Dean of Student Life: 
(503) 725 4422 


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