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Recall Redux

Posted on 26th November 2013 at 17:12

After a slight technical glitch, the recall petition for Cowlitz PUD Commissioner Ned Piper is back in the pipeline. Bill Ammons, Chuck Wallace and Doug Irvine had submitted the original petition about two weeks ago; the Daily News reports that County Prosecutor Sue Baur rejected that petition, because the petitioners had failed to verify the charges under oath. After taking that oath, the trio resubmitted the petition, alleging that Piper acted outside the authority of the commission and tried to intimidate employees. Baur will now determine if the petition meets legal requirements; if it gets past that review, then a Superior Court Judge will make a decision on the validity of the claims. If the petition gets through that review, then the petitioners would need to collect about 8,000 signatures to put the recall on the ballot.