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Recall effort gets green light
(Published February 7, 2005)

A group that wants to force a recall election to remove Ward 6 Councilwoman Sharon Ambrose from office got the green light Jan. 24 from the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to begin gathering signatures for its campaign.

During a special meeting, the board approved petition language, including both "a statement of grounds" for the recall and Ambrose's response to the allegations.

Supporters of the recall must submit valid signatures from about 5,000 residents at least 10 percent of registered voters in Ward 6 to the elections board by 5 p.m. on July 20 to force a recall election.

The recall effort is being led by Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Mary C. Williams, a Southwest Washington resident who chairs the Committee to Recall Sharon Ambrose. Among grounds for the recall, Williams cites Ambrose's alleged lack of attentiveness to her constituents' concerns, including failure to attend community meetings, and her support for "costly commercial developments [in her ward] that have an adverse impact on neighborhoods."

Ambrose's response disputes the claims by citing numerous actions the councilwoman says she has taken since her re-election in 2002 as the Ward 6 representative to D.C. City Council.

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