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This week, KUCB has been reporting on the allegations against Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty and how recall elections work.

Currently, state law dictates city clerks evaluate recall petitions, but they don’t have to prove the charges actually occurred. This means elected officials can be recalled simply because the voters don’t like them.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

 

On Monday, KUCB reported that sponsors of the petition to recall Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty have no proof supporting their allegation that he pursued illegal dock agreements.

Now, we bring you the story of why the recall is still moving forward -- without evidence.

Sponsor Erin Enlow Anderson said the recall is a vote of no confidence in Kelty and how he’s been running the city.

Courtesy of City of Unalaska

 

Unalaska’s mayor will face a recall election in March. Frank Kelty has been accused of backroom dealings regarding the city dock – accusations he has repeatedly denied.

In an investigation, KUCB was unable to find any evidence of wrongdoing. But those in favor of the recall say they have other concerns about Kelty’s leadership.

 

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Unalaska’s recall election will proceed as scheduled, as Mayor Frank Kelty did not file an appeal by the Thursday deadline.

Kelty said his decision largely came down to cost.

“It would have probably cost close to $15,000 to $20,000 in lawyer fees,” he said.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

 

The recall election of Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty is set for March 6th.

A recall petition signed by 172 community members seeks to remove him due to allegations of misconduct in office – specifically attempting to sole-source land use agreements for the Unalaska Marine Center positions 5-7. Kelty has repeatedly denied any wrong doing.

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