Petition Filed Against Stillwater Mayor

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - A member of Stillwater's volunteer planning commission has filed a petition seeking the recall of Mayor Nathan Bates.

Becky Teague, who serves as the commission's chairwoman, was one of 117 people who signed the petition submitted Friday to the Payne County Election Board.

County Election Secretary Glenna Craig says once the signatures are verified, the 27-year-old Bates has 10 days to submit a written response.

That response would be included on another petition to request a recall election. City staff members have said about 600 people would have to sign that petition for such an election to be held.

Bates has denied the allegations in the initial petition, which accuses him of using his position for personal benefit, interfering with police officers on duty, public intoxication and asking a woman to expose her breasts.

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