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The county is in the process of verifying the needed signatures to send a ballot to voters to recall the mayor, two councilors, says James Copfer, chief petitioner

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO - A Sherwood resident has forwarded signatures collected to recall the mayor and two council members to the Washington County Elections Division.A Sherwood resident hoping to recall the mayor and two councilors said he has enough signatures to send the measure to a special election.

On Friday, James Copfer, chief petitioner, said he had collected the required 1,024 signatures needed to place a measure on an upcoming ballot to recall Mayor Krisanna Clark-Endicott, Councilor Sally Robinson and Councilor Jennifer Harris.

The signatures were submitted to the Washington County Election Division that same day, said Copfer, who noted the division has 10 days to certify them although he expects the time to be shorter.

Copfer said both he and volunteers collected 1,221 signatures for Clark-Endicott, 1,158 for Robinson and 1,086 for Harris. He said he plans to forward another 200 to 300 signatures early this week.

Among the reasons for the recall, according to the recall petition, is a failure in fiduciary responsibilities and other issues Copfer alleges the mayor and the two councilors have engaged in.

Specifically, he mentions the ranking of the Minneapolis-based HealthFitness to take over the city-owned recreation facility currently operated by the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette as one reason despite the fact the company had initially projected it would incur loses for many years while the YMCA had said it would come out in the black.

Since then, HealthFitness has revised its projections, stating now it would make a significant profit based on using a formula that takes into account how the YMCA figures its varying membership fees.

No vote has yet been taken on whether to accept or reject a contract with HealthFitness with a vote by the Sherwood City Council expected on Oct. 3.

Mayor Clark-Endicott previously called the recall and the petition language "inacurrate and histrionic" with Councilor Robinson saying the effort is "retaliatory in nature by those heading the group and does not represent the majority of Sherwood residents."

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