Recall hearing set for Washington state auditor

OLYMPIA — A court hearing for a petition to recall embattled Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley has been set for May 8.

In a Friday filing, Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office requested the hearing happen in Pierce County, where Kelley lives.

Former legislator Will Knedlik filed recall papers asking voters to remove Kelley from office for reasons that include not adhering to a constitutional requirement for the auditor to live in Olympia.

At the May 8 hearing in Pierce County Superior Court, a judge will consider whether the charges are sufficient to give Knedlik permission to gather the 715,800 signatures from registered voters required to put the recall on a statewide ballot.

Kelley was indicted in federal court April 15 on 10 felony counts, including allegations he failed to pay taxes.

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