Porter asked to step down as President of the St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce after Disturbing voicemail goes viral, Porter speaks out

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UPDATE– Effective 10/8/19 Tim Porter was asked to step down as President of the St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce.

The St. Clairsville Chamber released a statement to 7News.

The Chamber does not condone or accept the comments or actions of Mr. Porter.  Effective immediately, our current Vice President, Jennifer Gerevics, has accepted the office of President.  The St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce  will continue to work hard to build a vibrant and prosperous community through business leadership. 
Please direct any questions or concerns to our Director, Wendy Anderson, or our President, Jennifer Gerevics

It has not been confirmed that Porter did step down willingly.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (WTRF) – A profanity-laced voicemail left by a St. Clairsville Councilman has recently gone viral.

Tim Porter spoke with 7News Tuesday to share his side of the story.

Porter says the message was intended for someone who owes him money and refuses to pay him back.

During the recording, Porter can be heard saying the F-word multiple times and also uses a racial slur, referring to a man running for mayor of St. Clairsville.

I’ve already called Mr. Brooks and made formal apologies. So, as far as all that goes, you know, I shouldn’t have said it, obviously, but you know when you’re in a certain rage, those things come out.

Tim Porter, St. Clairsville Councilman

Porter recently withdraw from the mayor’s race but denies that the voicemail was the only reason.

He is also the president of St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce and says he debating on remaining on City Council.

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