Aaron Reardon recall petition moves to Skagit County court

Aaron Reardon recall petition moves to Skagit County court

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Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 2:24 PM

A judge on Tuesday ruled for a change of venue in a petition to recall Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. The case will now go to Skagit County.

Had Judge Thomas Wynne stayed with the case, he could have made a ruling on whether the recall petition could move forward to the signature gathering phase.

The petition was filed by Gold Bar attorney Anne Block. According to the Everett Herald, the paperwork accuses Reardon of breaking state campaign laws by using his executive assistant and other public resources for political fundraising and lobbying.

Reardon, 41, was under investigation for misuse of public funds, but the Island County prosecutor said there was insufficient evidence to file charges. But Reardon is under investigation by the state Public Disclosure Commission into whether he violated state campaign laws.

If the recall petition goes forward, Block will have 180 days to collect 47,444 signatures, which is 25 percent of the votes cast in last year’s election for county executive.

Another attempt at a recall earlier this year was dismissed because the man behind it lived outside Snohomish County.

Information compiled by KING 5's Travis Pittman

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