Weston mayor retains seat in recall election

A generic recall sign is posted at Weston home on Water Street. Mayor Duane Thul faces a recall vote on Tuesday, his second since 2011.

A generic recall sign is posted at Weston home on Water Street. Mayor Duane Thul faces a recall vote on Tuesday, his second since 2011. Photo by Rachel Alexander.

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Weston Mayor Duane Thul will keep his seat after defeating a second attempt to recall him.

Preliminary election results from Umatilla County show Thul holding on to his seat with 57 percent of the vote, with 89 votes to recall him and 120 to retain him.

Petitioners accused Thul of being rude and disrespectful to citizens and council members, and of spending too much from the city's general fund without considering other options.

Thul called the accusations false and said in his statement of justification filed with the county that repeated recall attempts were hurting the town.

The margin of victory was closer than in the 2011 attempt to recall Thul, which the mayor won with 72 percent of the vote. Thul was re-elected to a four year term as mayor in November 2012.

Turnout for the recall election was 63 percent.

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