KENNEWICK, Wash-- Two weeks after he turned in over 18,000 signatures to move the county seat from Prosser to Kennewick, they're going back to where they started: Fred Staples' hands.
The former judge, who has been pushing to move the seat for over 20 years, says commissioner Claude Oliver will hold a meeting Monday at the Prosser Court House concerning the signatures.
Recently, the attorney general told Staples he needs signatures from one-third of this year's election. Staples says he wants to keep the issue moving forward, and doesn't believe his signatures will be thrown away.
"That's outrageous for them to think they could throw them out," says Staples. "Nothing in the attorney general's position says they were no good. In fact, quite the contrary. He said I could keep on supplementing them. They're still good signatures certainly."
Staples says while he wishes the matter was over, he still plans on collecting more signatures in the next year.