Lawsuit seeks to further recall of Ferguson’s mayor

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Ferguson Mayor James Knowles.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) _ A Ferguson resident hopes his lawsuit resurrects a recall petition effort meant to oust Ferguson’s mayor from office.

The St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners announced last week that a group trying to remove James Knowles III was 27 signatures shy of the 1,814 needed to force a recall election. It was the second time the petitions were invalidated.

But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in the lawsuit Wednesday, Robert Hudgins alleges that more than 28 of the signatures that were not accepted by the election board “were actually, in fact, valid signatures.”

The suit asks for a judge to determine the signatures valid and to order Ferguson City Clerk Megan Asikainen to initiate a recall election.

A Ferguson spokesman declined to discuss the lawsuit.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch