Almost 1,000 signatures collected in effort to recall northeast Minnesota mayor
The city attorney in March said Mayor Chris Swanson repeatedly used his official city position “for personal benefit or business interests.”
TWO HARBORS, Minn. — The group trying to recall Mayor Chris Swanson delivered almost 1,000 signatures to City Hall on Wednesday morning.
The Resign or Recall Committee said it had 997 residents sign its petition calling for a recall of Swanson, more than double the almost 450 signatures — 20% of the city's registered voters — required for the petition to move forward.
City staff have 10 days to verify each resident's signature and address. After that, a proposed ordinance is sent to the City Council, which must then take action. If Swanson does not resign in five days, the council must schedule a recall election where a "yes" or "no" question would ask if Swanson should be recalled.
If a majority of voters mark "yes," the council must then fill the position with an appointment because there would be more than two years until Swanson's term expires in January 2025.
Because it is a redistricting year, the August primary is the earliest the recall question could appear on a ballot.
In a memorandum of opinion, City Attorney Tim Costley wrote that Swanson repeatedly used his official city position “for personal benefit or business interests” on a number of issues, the News Tribune reported last month .
Earlier this month, Swanson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he has no plans to resign.