What is Congressional candidate’s actual name?

The legal name Marie Gluesenkamp Perez does not appear to exist.
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez

Voting registration status of 3rd Congressional District candidate Marie Gluesenkamp Perez also questioned

Leah Anaya
For Clark County Today

The legal name Marie Gluesenkamp Perez does not appear to exist.

During election season, most politicians magically turn into the exact people that voters want them to be as they charm constituencies into filling in the box next to their name rather than their opponent’s. But where is the line drawn between exaggeration and facts?

One candidate for the Third Congressional District, a Democrat who calls herself Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, appears to have that line blurred – even down to her very name.

Records checks from multiple online sources show that the name under which she is running is not her actual name, but rather, she is legally Kristina Marie Perez. She appears to go by her middle name of Marie, which is not completely abnormal. However, she appears to have tossed in Gluesenkamp as the first part of her last name with no legal reasoning.

While in Washington state, one need not have an official reason for changing their name, it would be assumed that this name change was conducted when she and her partner, Dean Gluesenkamp, married. But, previous loan records bring into question whether or not Perez and Gluesenkamp actually are legally married, despite Perez referring to Gluesenkamp as her husband on her campaign website and in media interviews.

One set of loan application documents, dated April 24, 2017, refer to Perez and Gluesenkamp as “husband and wife.” However, an August 30, 2017 Skamania County Real Estate Excise Tax form refers to “Dean Alan Gluesenkamp, a single man, and Kristina Marie Perez, a single woman.”

The small business that she and Gluesenkamp operate (Dean’s Car Care) as well as the limited liability company under which that falls (Perez Gluesenkamp Enterprises, LLC) are both listed under the names of Kristina M. Perez along with Dean Gluesenkamp.

So, which is it? Are the couple legally married or domestic partners who share a child in common? If they’re married, where is the documentation?

Voters must consider whether she is attempting to cater to the “moderate Republican,” to whom conservative family values remain important, given she’s recently stated during a debate that she is “not your typical Democrat.” It’s no secret that the nuclear family is under attack by the far left, and fabricating a marriage is certainly one way to attempt to sway votes from the right.

A VitalChek records request for a potential marriage license has not been answered at this time. Perez spokesman Sandeep Kaushik responded Thursday to an attempt to seek clarity.

 “Marie and her husband Dean legally married in 2016,’’ Kaushik said. “While she sometimes goes by Marie Perez for convenience sake, her preferred full name is Marie Gluesenkamp Perez.” 

Clark County Today could not find any legal record of marriage, although a wedding registry was discovered.

When asked if her legal name is Kristina Marie Perez, Kaushik said, “The legal name is correct.”

While Perez’ claimed name doesn’t appear to exist, her dual-state voting does: Perez is registered to vote in both Washington state out of Washougal, and Oregon state out of Portland. Both voting records state that they’re in “active” status, and both state that her Nov. 8 general election ballot will be sent to her home address in Washougal.

Kaushik was also asked about Perez’ voting registration status.

“When Marie lived in Oregon, she registered and voted there,’’ Kaushik said. “When she moved to Washington, she registered in Washington and has only voted in Washington.”

Perez recently mocked her opponent, Republican Joe Kent, at a debate for bringing up the importance of election integrity.

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    1. John Ley

      But it does raise appropriate questions. Let’s have the the Oregon Secretary of State tell us when did Marie vote in any Orgon election?

    2. Carolyn Crain

      It is a misdemeanor to be registered in two places at the same time and a Class C felony to vote in two places under Washington and Oregon Laws.

      1. David Poland

        It is easy for a person to be registered in two places today though. Some states automatically add your name to vote when you go to DMV, for example. A person may not know how to stop getting ballots mailed to their new address, as some places make it hard to unenroll that auto-enroll.

        I would encourage people running for office to take the time to ensure they get unenrolled for any place still paying to mail them a ballot as it doesn’t make you look trustworthy even if you never vote with both.

  1. Donna

    So now you can’t go by your husband’s name without going through all of the rigmarole to change it? This is a silly stretch CCT. As for the voter registration, how many of you called the elections office when you changed states and said, “Take me off your rolls”? None. That’s the answer. Sheesh.

  2. Margaret

    Marie and Dean are both featured at their business website DeansCarCarePDX dot com, a business located in Portland Oregon. Per the website, the business has been operating since 2008 in Portland. Cases of people voting in both WA and OR keep being reported. The incumbent Clark County Auditor should do more to prevent double voting.

    1. Donna

      There is absolutely NO evidence of double voting. It’s up to the Multnomah County auditor to remove people from their rolls. Double voting would be a felony. Where are these alleged reports? Making something up doesn’t make it so.

        1. Donna

          You said a “few” cases. I am not aware of them and can’t find specific info. online. My understanding is that we have a statewide system that checks to make sure people aren’t registered across different counties and also checks Department of Health and Social Security records. It was put in place by Republican Sec. of State Sam Reed and strengthened by Republican Sec. of State Kim Wyman. It is instantaneous, which is why we can have same day registration.

          This issue is a matter of Oregon not clearing THEIR voting rolls. As I said, no one calls the elections office and says disenroll me becuase I’m moving. It’s a great idea, but it’s not what people typically do. There would have to be some compelling reason to take the risk of voting in two states. What I want to know is why would someone do that? It’s illegal. Most people aren’t criminals and there is literally no motivation to commit a felony like that. That is why making a big deal of out this is ludicrous.

          1. Joanna L Aaron

            wrong…. my daughter registered in WA 4 years ago and Colorado has sent a ballot every election, even though she has called multiple times to request the cancellation of Colorado voting record

    2. Carolyn Crain

      So the County Auditor is not responsible for this issue first of all. In a Congressional race it is the Secretary of State’s job to confirm validity of candidates. Every single month an interstate audit is supposed to cull these records and contact county auditors in the respective district, ie Skamania County, to get the records corrected and the voter files purged. However, I called Greg Kimsey about this on Wednesday. He is indeed working to find out what has happened and is in communication with the Secretary of State.

  3. Wolfie

    I think this is simply holding the candidate to the same scrutiny her opponent has been held to. Joe has been under a microscope since day one and sometimes in a very unkind way. As a political candidate, Marie or Kristina must know every aspect of her life and her claims will be scrutinized or at least should be to the same extent Joe has been. The journalist does make a fair question on whether skirting around being legally married is a way to pander to Conservatives. It is something to consider as it takes into account integrity, which is something most voters are looking for. What is good, or not good, for one applies to the other. It can’t be OK for Joe to be looked at and questioned from all angles and not hold Marie/Kristina to the same standard.

  4. Carolyn Crain

    So the County Auditor is not responsible for this issue first of all. In a Congressional race it is the Secretary of State’s job to confirm validity of candidates as it is the SOS where the candidates must file not the county. Every single month an interstate audit is supposed to cull these records and contact county auditors in the respective district, ie Skamania County in this case, to get the records corrected and the voter files purged. However, I called Greg Kimsey about this on Wednesday. He is indeed working to find out what has happened and is in communication with the Secretary of State.

    The SOS of Washington State has responded to Greg Kimsey that he is now in contact with the SOS in Oregon regarding this issue. Greg told him that she had registered in Oregon in 2019 and continued to vote in Washington at her home of record.
    Both states have laws which state that you cannot legally register to vote in two places, ie county or states. Washington state verifies every signature. Last I checked Oregon does not. Oregon does however purge the voter rolls after you miss two general election so you would be there until after November 2022 if you DID NOT VOTE and had registered in 2019 since they have elections (other than special) only in even numbered years. Washington places people on an inactive roll after two general gubernatorial election cycles thus a minimum of 5 years generally of mailed ballots not being returned and to purge the records the county auditors must reach out to the voter first.

    The 2015 Oregon voter act made retroactive plus new drivers licensees and identification cards automatic for Oregon citizens. The state issues two different drivers licenses and identification cards and that is based upon the answer of proof of citizenship. They set up a program and immediately before the 2016 election they went through and automatically registered any eligible voter through the DMV records who was not registered before. Since Marie, Kristina Marie Perez was previously registered as an Oregon voter she should not have been re-registered especially in light of her address change and her Washington registration and her Washington drivers license which makes all of her previous Oregon history prior to 2016 null.

    Oregon does not register voters based upon vehicle licenses by the way, as I have heard that she has used that excuse. Vehicles are frequently registered to more than one person and also to company entities so only a drivers license or an identification card which are issued with citizenship status would trigger a DMV voter registration.

    So there are a couple of pertinent questions.
    A) Did she herself register in Oregon in a year in which she voted here?
    B) Did she attempt to get Oregon to resolve any voter discrepancy?
    C) Did she vote in Oregon too?

    And finally D) Why didn’t the ERIC program catch this double registration issue with monthly audits for over three years?!!

    Those are the questions Greg Kimsey is seeking answers to. I wait like you to hear the answers and seek the resolution to this issue!

    Lastly I leave you with this… Oregon was seeking to increase its’ voter rolls in 2015. So has our state sought to do this. Oregon always had a very high participation rate we have not. Ours continues to decrease as motor voter doesn’t necessarily mean “engaged voter”. Oregon’s has started to decline in participation as well the last few years…
    Perhaps motor voter isn’t a good answer?

    1. Wolfie

      It is not a perfect system. Case in point. Our kids have not lived in WA for years. We get a ballot for them every election. We have them destroy their ballots when they come visit (trying to uphold the idea that mail is sacred to the individual.. don’t think the kids really care). Since they both live out of state, why hasn’t WA purged them off the rolls?

      1. Donna

        Have they reported they’ve moved? That’s really the point here. Most people forward mail via USPS but they don’t think to notify the elections office. Voting is run by the state. They need to know someone has left to purge rolls. We don’t have a federal voter registration system. Do we want one?

        1. Wolfie

          To Carolyn’s point, if they have not voted in X number of years, this should tick a response and be purged. They haven’t voted here yet still get ballots. As said, its not a perfect system. I personally would vastly prefer going back to a vote in person system. Check ID, and note that I voted.. not HOW I voted but that I voted. Mail in voting needs to be an option, not the only choice.

    2. Joanna L Aaron

      should do is not the same as does.. The states are required to clean voter rolls as death records and MVR come in.. the problem is they do not, that leaves our system ripe for fraud

  5. David Poland

    I believe the woman is using his last name because:

    1. She loves him. Many women love their short maiden name but will honor the hubby by writing it out. I wish “Mrs.” would make a comeback for similar reasons.

    2. Marie may be trying to show off her BIPOCness. Woke folx want to see who isn’t white, and her being Latina requires both her Hispanic last name to be accompanied by a second last name. The white American method is a single last name. Democrats tried to label Jamie Herrera Beutler white, but she used two last names to show off her BIPOC inclusion.

    I do not believe there is any conspiracy to defraud the IRS by use of both last names sometimes and the shorter Americanized name on other things. Some forms just have so little space, as we all know.

    A good reporter will dig deeper to find out if there has been IRS and voter fraud, not just spread rumors and sling mud.


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