Today marks the recall election for Bridgeport Mayor, Marilyn Lynn. Ballots were sent out May 16th, and those received by today will be counted. A petition to begin the recall was initiated by city resident Mike Knox in January, after allegations arose Mayor Lynn had illegally hired a city employee. Thad Duvall, Douglas County Auditor, explains the process of how a mayor recall is carried out. Washington state law requires at least 35 percent of residents to sign a petition in order to begin recall of a mayor. For Bridgeport, that meant at least 85 signatures. In April, Knox submitted a petition with over 100 signatures. Despite Mayor Lynn's attempt to appeal her recall, Douglas County Superior Court Judge Hotchkiss denied her appeal in March.
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In the result of Mayor Lynn being recalled, the city council would appoint a new Mayor, and an election would be held the following year. KOZI will have the results of the election as they become available.