First step taken in recall effort

First step taken in recall effort
LEWISTON - The Lewiston City Clerk's office has received the initial petitions to recall four members of the city council.

City Clerk Kari Kuchmak said she received four prospective petitions Wednesday.

The petitions demand the recall of Mayor Kevin Poole, Mayor Pro Tem Brad Cannon and Council Members Thyra Stevenson and Dennis Ohrtman.

The group submitting the petitions, Citizens for Better Government, claims the four have "misspent public tax dollars in numerous unnecessary and inappropriate ways."

23 residents signed the petitions.

Kuchmack says only 20 of those signatures need to be verified as registered voters to move toward to the next step which is to obtain 3,273 signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

"They're asking for the recall of four councilors so you know, it's quite a process," said Kuchmak. "Each one has to be individual. Whomever is working is going to be having to work extremely hard to get this done by the 75 day time frame."