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Recall charges filed against Yakima City Councilman

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YAKIMA--Yakima City Council member Rick Ensey is under fire again as two people file to recall Ensey out of office.

Gene Rupel and Charlotte Jones' decision to file recall charges goes back to the open public meetings fiasco a few months ago.  While court charges against Ensey were dismissed, Rupel and Jones weren't satisfied with that decision.

They've spent the last few months gathering evidence that they believe proves Ensey worked to line up votes outside of regular city council meetings.

The suit against Ensey and council members Micah Cawley, Kathy Coffey and Bill Lover for allegedly violating the state's open public meetings law was dismissed in May.  But,  Rupel is not convinced.

"In my opinion, Mr. Ensey has violated the Washington open public meetings law," Rupel said.  "As a citizen, I'd just like to see if he could be held accountable."

KNDO tried to reach Ensey several times Wednesday.  But, he's on vacation and not expected back until Monday.

The superior court now has two weeks to decide whether the charges against Ensey are enough for a recall petition.

If the courts decide in favor of the petition, Rupel and Jones will have about six months to get 4,157 signatures.

If they manage that, people will vote on whether or not to recall Ensey.

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