The integrity of the election process and protecting the will of the electorate underlies his attempt to legally block a recall election against him, Bellevue City Councilman Pat Shannon said Thursday.

Bellevue resident Christine Jurgens filed papers seeking a recall vote on July 7, but saw that effort temporarily blocked on July 19 when Sarpy County District Court Judge William Zastera set a hearing for July 27.

Shannon said the charges Jurgens made against him on the recall affidavit are so vague he has no idea how to respond to them. A statement of response that must be printed on the recall petition is Shannon’s right.

“The affidavit attempting to start a recall was so legally insufficient that I could not respond to it,” Shannon said in a formal statement. “For one person to attempt to overturn an election where over 18,000 people voted is a serious matter, and to just say ‘I don’t like who won’, and think you can recall somebody just puts every elected official in a position where they would be hanging on by a thread.

“So putting this before the court was essential and benefits all elected officials and preserves the votes of the citizens, and protects the integrity of the election process.”

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