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Recall effort ousts Kindred council member in special election

KINDRED, N.D. - Efforts to recall an embattled Kindred City Council member were successful Tuesday, Sept. 19, as residents voted for a replacement in a special election.Julie Johnson, now in her second term on the council, fell short of holding o...

A recall election Tuesday, Sept. 19, voted out Kindred City Council member Julie Johnson. Kim Hyatt / The Forum
A recall election Tuesday, Sept. 19, voted out Kindred City Council member Julie Johnson. Kim Hyatt / The Forum

KINDRED, N.D. - Efforts to recall an embattled Kindred City Council member were successful Tuesday, Sept. 19, as residents voted for a replacement in a special election.

Julie Johnson, now in her second term on the council, fell short of holding onto her seat. On Tuesday night, she got 65 votes, while Jason DuBord got 92. Another challenger, former mayor Robert Clarke, got seven votes.

Cass County election coordinator DeAnn Buckhouse said the turnout was consistent with past elections but that the results are unofficial until canvassing is done. The 164 ballots were hand-counted, including the absentee ballots, she said.

DuBord, who recently moved back to Kindred after living with his family in Denver, could not be immediately reached for comment.

When reached by The Forum Tuesday night, Johnson did not know the results of the election. Informed of the unofficial results, she declined to comment.

Kim Hyatt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead covering community issues and other topics. She previously worked for the Owatonna People's Press where she received the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award in 2016. Later that year, she joined The Forum as a night reporter and is now part of the investigative team. She's a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth.
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