Ferguson mayor facing latest recall push

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Ferguson Mayor James Knowles.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – A group seeking the ouster of Ferguson’s mayor has submitted a new batch of petitions seeking a recall election.

Ground Level Support’s push to recall James Knowles III fell short earlier this month when the group failed to turn in enough valid signatures.

A review by the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners found that those petitions submitted May 28 fell more than 800 authentic signatures short of the 1,814 needed for the recall.

The new petitions with additional signatures still must be vetted by the county’s election board.

Knowles, who is white, was criticized for comments he made following last August’s shooting death of Michael Brown by a white police officer, including a denial that the largely black St. Louis suburb was racially divided.