Signatures filed with King County for recall election to oust mayor of Pacific

Staff writerApril 29, 2013 

Pacific Mayor Cy Sun

KIRO-TV

It took residents of Pacific only three days to collect and submit nearly 600 signatures, which they believe will be more than enough to force a recall vote on their mayor.

A spokeswoman for King County Elections said a petition was filed with her office Monday morning for a recall election to end Mayor Cy Sun’s tenure.

Officials should finish a preliminary signature count by today. They have five to 10 days to start verifying them.

That process should take roughly three days, King County Elections chief communication officer Kim van Ekstrom said. If they find at least 415 signatures to be sufficient, they’ll hold the election within 45 to 60 days of the finding, van Ekstrom said.

The Committee to Recall Cy Sun got the go-ahead from the Supreme Court Thursday to collect the signatures to put two charges against Sun before voters:

* That he tried to use the police department as his personal investigative force.

* That he jeopardized the city’s liability insurance coverage by not filling vacant department head positions.

Sun did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

It’s been a rocky road for Sun since he started as mayor of the Pierce-King county border city in January 2012. Pacific did lose insurance, which it replaced with higher-cost, higher-risk coverage, and he fired various department heads, including police department leaders. He has said he’s fighting “corruption.”

Pacific business owner Tracey Apata, who has been part of the recall effort, said the committee turned in 592 signatures to King County Elections. She said the committee collected signatures Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.

“They were lining up to sign it,” she added.

Organizers cross-referenced most signatures with a voter list to make sure they are valid. Apata said they are confident the election will proceed.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268 alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/crime

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