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DC councilman fights attempt to recall him from office

December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. councilman accused of violating board ethics is fighting an attempt to have him recalled from office.

News outlets report Jack Evans on Friday filed a challenge to a petition calling for his recall, alleging more than a third of the collected signatures are invalid.

Elections officials have less than three weeks to decide whether to validate the signatures or block the recall.

Evans’ challenge filed with the district Board of Election includes declarations from two people whose names appear on the petition but say they didn’t sign it.

Evans was first elected in 1991 and is up for reelection next year but hasn’t yet filed paperwork to run. A third-party investigation recently found he used his office to benefit private clients. Similar allegations are under federal investigation.