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City Clerk Says Recall Petition Does Not Have Enough Valid Signatures

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A clerk for the City of Unalaska says a petition to recall Mayor Frank Kelty does not have enough valid signatures. But one day after being informed, the petitioners say they have the signatures they need to move forward.

The petition charges Kelty with “attempting to sole-source land use agreements for the Unalaska Marine Center positions 5-7.” It was submitted to the clerks office on Dec. 15 with 172 signatures and rejected Thursday.

City Clerk Marjie Veeder says because 14 of the signees were not registered to vote in Unalaska, they could not count towards the required 168 signatures.


Petitioners have until Jan. 2 to round up 10 more signatures or the recall effort dies.

Zoë Sobel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2019. She returned to KUCB after a year living in Nepal and Malaysia as a Luce Scholar. She then returned to KUCB as a ProPublica reporter August of 2020 through August of 2021.
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