New recall effort in Des Moines

Mirror staff

More recall charges have been filed against Des Moines City Councilman Don Wasson, this time in connection with state allegations that he violated campaign laws.

The Des Moines Yes Recall Committee filed the new recall charges Tuesday with the King County elections department. An official there said they were sent to the county prosecuting attorney to begin a legal review that will determine whether the accusations warrant recall proceedings.

The committee claims Wasson illegally concealed campaign contributions to three candidates in the 2001 council election. The charge parallels allegations by the state Public Disclosure Commission that Wasson violated state campaign laws by mismanaging money from Hank Hopkins, owner of Wescot Co., for the purpose of electing Richard Benjamin, Gary Petersen and Maggie Steenrod and joining Wasson in support of a proposed third runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Wescot is seeking to be a contractor in connection with the runway project.

Wasson and Wescot have declined commenting on the PDC case, which is awaiting a hearing in Olympia March 25.

The recall committee filed separate recall charges against Wasson, Benjamin, Petersen and Steenrod last year, alleging illegal actions by them in city business. A King County Superior Court judge disallowed the charges, but an appeal is pending in the state Supreme Court.

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