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Piper Recall?

Posted on 13th November 2013 at 16:56

It looks like the controversy just never quits for Cowlitz PUD Commissioner Ned Piper, as he reports that critics are planning to run a recall against him. Today’s Daily News reports on yesterday’s PUD Commission meeting, where Piper requested an executive session, so that he could discuss a request for the PUD to provide him with legal representation. This would be similar to a 2009 recall against current PUD Commission President Buz Ketcham, where the PUD did provide that legal representation. There is no formal campaign as of yet, but Piper claims that Kelso barber Bill Ammons is planning the recall petition. At this time, Ammons isn’t commenting on the recall, but he tells the paper that he does plan to file within the next few days. Ammons says that he’d like to see the “odd man out” removed from the Commission. Piper contends that he’s not the problem on the Cowlitz PUD Commission. The 2009 recall effort against Ketcham died in a Cowlitz County courtroom, when Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning ruled that the petition failed to meet the statutory requirements for a recall.