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Mayor Frank Kelty Will Face Recall Election In 2018

Berett Wilber/KUCB


Unalaska will have a mayoral recall election early next year, thanks to a successful petition submitted to city government.


After being told there were not enough valid signatures on Dec. 21, petitioners collected 17 more and submitted them to the City Clerks office Tuesday.


City Clerk Marjie Veeder certified the petition with 172 valid signatures. A KUCB public records request shows this includes numerous city employees as well as the heads of multiple city departments including Public Safety; Parks, Culture and Recreation; Ports and Harbors; and the human resources manager.



The petition seeks to recall Mayor Frank Kelty due to allegations of misconduct in office.


Kelty says he will not appeal the decision. In an email he said, “I will just campaign against the allegation which is very weak in my estimation.”


The date for the recall election will be set at the first City Council meeting of 2018. It must be held between Feb. 23 and March 26.


Correction: this story previously indicated that Mayor Frank Kelty is facing recall due to misconduct in office. It has been corrected to clarify that any potential misconduct is an allegation.

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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