Entire Council Recall


by Katelynn VanVekoven

Voters in the Alaska Native village of Holy Cross have re-elected city council members who were targeted for recall.

Four recall proponents calling themselves the "Concerned Citizens of Holy Cross" also were on Tuesday's ballot. They were defeated by wide margins in the community of 175.

Village officials recently rejected the recall group's effort to
recall the entire city council over alleged mishandling of duties,
including failure to file mandatory financial disclosures, provide
workers' compensation insurance for city employees, hold regular
meetings or follow through with scheduled elections.

State officials have confirmed the validity of the allegations.

Tuesday's election should have been held in October, when
several seats were expiring. A subsequent special election was set
Feb. 29, but it was canceled just before it was to be held.