Thursday, July 13, 2000

Recall process speeding along

Pressure rises on councilman

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — Councilman Jon V. Saylor faces a recall vote — possibly as early as next month — unless he resigns his First Ward seat by Monday.

        City Council members will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to set a date for the recall vote, if it's needed. Such a vote could cost taxpayers more than $7,000.

        Mr. Saylor, who has been charged with 68 felony voter fraud counts, was served this week with a petition notice by clerk of council Dena Morsch, notifying him he has until Monday to resign.

        “The citizens of Fairfield are clearly in favor of moving past this dark chapter, and turning to a bright conclusion,” said John Brown, a trustee for the Concerned Citizens of Fairfield.

        The group collected 852 signatures, which were sub mitted to the Butler County Board of Elections on Monday. Election officials verified 382 signatures.

        Mr. Saylor's attorney, Peter Swenty, acknowledged Wednesday that he was served a notice of the recall petition, a certificate validating the signatures, and a notice of Tuesday's special meeting. Beyond that, he had no comment.

        Mr. Saylor, 27, is free on bond awaiting a Sept. 25 trial. He has been indicted on charges including false registration, inducing illegal voting, absent voter's ballot violation, illegal voting, election falsification and interference with the conduct of an election.

        About a dozen questionable ballots were cast in the November election, which he won by more than 100 votes.

        Mr. Brown said, “We are ready to move ahead to the final phase of removing Mr. Saylor from office.”

        The tentative date for the recall election is Aug. 15, city officials said.


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