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Petition to recall Aaron Reardon rejected
A Kirkland man filed a petition Tuesday to recall Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, but the petition was rejected because the filer, Will Knedlik, doesn't live in Snohomish County.
On Wednesday, Knedlik filed an amended petition. That one was also rejected by the Snohomish County prosecuting attorney's office for the same reason.
Knedlik, a frequent candidate for public office who served one term in the state Legislature in the 1970s, was a tax attorney until he was disbarred in 2000.
Knedlik's petition doesn't make much of a sex scandal involving Reardon that has prompted a Washington State Patrol investigation into his use of public funds.
Knedlik's petition involves Reardon's role as the chairman of Sound Transit and, before that, as chairman of Sound Transit's finance committee. Knedlik is a frequent public commenter at Sound Transit board meetings.
Reardon missed almost half the finance committee meetings while he was chairman in 2008 and 2009, according to Knedlik.
Most of the five-page petition focuses on Sound Transit policy -- a controversial decision for Sound Transit to buy railroad property on the East side, and the board policy to only hear public comments about agenda items, for example. But at one point Knedlik attempts to tie Reardon's alleged mismanagement of the transit agency to his alleged affair with Snohomish County employee Tamara Dutton.
"Mr. Reardon's repeated failure even to bother to attend Finance Committee meetings as the chairman of that key committee during a critical time for Sound Transit's finances in 2008 and 2009, his frequent absenting of himself from Committee meetings to take phone calls when he did bother to chair just slightly over half of Finance Committee meetings during his self-imposed leadership, and his total lapse in applying the same standards of financial prudence to his fiduciary duties for Sound Transit ... resulted in part or in whole from a sexual liaison, or from multiple sexual liaisons, with one-or-more Snohomish County employees during such agency sessions (while he absented himself completely from, or took personal phone calls during, crucial meetings).
To recall an elected official, a filer must prove the official committed an illegal act, performed an official duty improperly, or knowingly violated an oath of office. Then, in this case, the petition would need about 45,000 signatures to get on the ballot, according to the Snohomish County Auditor's Office.
The Snohomish County Council voted last week to ask Reardon to go on leave during the state investigation. Reardon refused.
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