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Originally published Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

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Anti-tunnel supporter petitions to recall Conlin

A viaduct-rebuild supporter filed a petition Tuesday to recall City Council President Richard Conlin over actions he has taken in the past year in support of the planned Highway 99 tunnel.

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A viaduct-rebuild supporter filed a petition Tuesday to recall City Council President Richard Conlin over actions he has taken in the past year in support of the planned Highway 99 tunnel.

In seeking the recall, Elizabeth Campbell, organizer of anti-tunnel Initiative 101, lists three acts she says violate the law.

She says Conlin signed the draft environmental-impact statement on the tunnel last July when Mayor Mike McGinn delayed giving his signature; says Conlin "colluded" with City Attorney Pete Holmes to bring a lawsuit against an anti-tunnel referendum; and notes that he has failed to place her initiative on the ballot although it was certified for election in April.

Holmes has filed a lawsuit to block I-101, which seeks to prohibit the use of city streets and utilities for the tunnel. Holmes contends a city initiative can't stop a state highway project.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has 15 days to draft a synopsis of Campbell's charges against Conlin. A Superior Court judge then must rule on whether the charges are legally sufficient to go forward with a recall signature-gathering effort.

A recall last appeared on a King County ballot in 2004. Voters approved removing a Southwest Suburban Sewer District commissioner from office, said Kim van Ekstrom, spokeswoman for the King County elections division.

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