Provo Mayor Race Getting Ugly

Provo Mayor Race Getting Ugly

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The Provo mayor race between Dave Bailey and Mayor Lewis Billings is heating up as third-parties are getting involved.

Recently, opponents of Billings anonymously gave the Deseret Morning News a purported copy of his Brigham Young University grade report. They say he misrepresented facts about his college education.

The document shows Billings enrolled in engineering courses but NOT business school. However, on his campaign Web site and in campaign literature it says Billings took engineering AND business classes at B-Y-U.

Billings says he plans to change his campaign literature to clarify and give more specific details. But says he's NOT trying to take credit for something that isn't true.

Meanwhile, supporters of Billings are pointing fingers at his challenger. They claim Bailey is tied to a well-known Democrat, hoping it will damage him in heavily Republican Provo.

Individuals involved in the political maneuvers say they are acting independently and are NOT part of either candidate's campaign.

Four years ago, Billings defeated Bailey. Although that race was tense, it didn't have as much third-party activity as this year's election.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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