August 18, 2004
A former girlfriend of state House candidate Wes Marsh filed suit against him Tuesday, claiming he owes her more than $10,000 in unpaid campaign loans.
Marsh borrowed the money from Heather Reevs during his failed bid for a District 7 seat in 2002 and has made no effort to repay it, according to documents filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Reevs said she filed the suit now because she and her attorney have had trouble tracking down Marsh, who is making another bid to represent the district which includes northwest Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek and northeast Phoenix.
"Now that he’s getting more visible with all the campaign stuff, it’s a lot easier to find him," Reevs said.
She’s not the first woman from Marsh’s life who had trouble finding the elusive candidate. Marsh’s ex-wife, Lori Urban, served him with court paperwork for unpaid child support at an Aug. 3 candidate forum. Marsh rarely attends Republican Party functions, party officials said, and is difficult to contact over the phone, by email or in person.
"He has been stealth, so now that he has to be visible, that’s a good time," Reevs’ attorney, John O’Neill, said of the suit’s timing.
The suit claims Marsh borrowed $10,192.98 over nine payments in 2002. The court filing includes signed promissory notes for each loan.
Reevs said her loans represented the bulk of his funding. The 33-year-old Cave Creek resident said she wrote a couple of Marsh’s speeches and was supportive of him two years ago despite questions over whether he was a resident of the district.
They broke up about 18 months ago, and Reevs said she has been trying almost that long to get even a partial payment.
"He doesn’t have any business representing people when he doesn’t have his own life straight," Reevs said.
Marsh did not respond to an interview request.