Recall of Mullan mayor, councilman falls short - Coeur d'Alene Press: Idaho News

Recall of Mullan mayor, councilman falls short

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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:00 am

Mullan Mayor Mike Dunnigan and City Councilman Dan White will continue to serve the City of Mullan, at least until the general election in November, according to preliminary results from Tuesday's recall election.

The recall of both officials failed by wide margins, officials with the Shoshone County Clerk's office reported Tuesday night.

A total of 193 voters were against Dunnigan's recall, with only 65 voters in favor of it.

White had 179 vote against his recall, with 78 voters in favor of it.

Overall, 294 ballots were cast in Tuesday's recall election, with an additional 10 absentee ballots received prior to election day. Results are unofficial until approved by the county commissioners.

The whole recall debacle began when Mullan resident Jeff Bergstrom alleged that the officials have been derelict in their duties. He charged them with abuse of power as the "Mullan Streets and Maintenance Supervisor" and misuse of revenue and expenditures.

The recall heated up Sept. 17 when a YouTube video was posted showing the mayor using profanity and yelling at Bergstrom at his place of residence in Mullan.

Bergstrom went out into the Mullan community and was able to get 78 signatures for petition to recall White and 82 signatures for his petition to recall Dunnigan - this was sufficient under the Idaho state statute requiring signatures from 20 percent of the registered voters to have the recall election move forward.

Dunnigan and White released statements defending those claims. Councilman White said that "no examples have ever been presented to verify or substantiate these allegations," in his released statement. As for the misuse of revenue and expenditures, both officials stated that the city of Mullan is audited every year and no inaccuracies have been found.

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