- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota attorney general says a recall effort for a Fargo city commissioner who has criticized the state’s refugee resettlement program can move forward.

Fargo city attorney Erik Johnson had asked whether Commissioner Dave Piepkorn could be subject for recall given the timing of the scheduled election. Piepkorn’s seat is on the ballot for June 12, 2018.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says in a ruling released Friday that as long as the recall petition is certified before June 12, the election can take place.

Piepkorn says he wants to know how much taxpayer money is spent on the refugee program and how immigration relates to crime. Recall supporters say he has created fear among refugees.

It is believed to be the first recall election for a Fargo city commissioner.

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