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|Alaska House of Representatives District 7|
|Mayor, Houston, Alaska|
|Alaska House of Representatives, District 7 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Wes Keller Incumbent||68.2%||1,468|
A vote on whether or not to recall Purcell from his position as mayor was scheduled for June 22, 2010, but Purcell resigned from the office days before the election.
The official reason given on the recall papers was "misconduct in office by using emergency lights on a city vehicle while not responding to an emergency." This allegation involved a video that was taken by the camera of a police vehicle Purcell drove to Fairbanks. Charlie Seidl, who was at the time a police sergeant in Houston, downloaded the video from the official vehicle, gave it to a member of the Houston City Council and posted it on YouTube.
The full list of reasons why recall organizers wanted Purcell out of office include the following assertions that Purcell:
- Traveled to Fairbanks in a police vehicle without council approval.
- Purchased an airline ticket without council approval.
- Authorized the city clerk to file a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission knowing it included a false complaint.
- Used unauthorized blue flashing lights while making a traffic stop.
- Participated in executive sessions without stating the specific topic to be discussed.
Purcell and his wife, Biaca, have one child.
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- Anchorage Daily News search "Roger Purcell"
- Alaska Division of Elections, "2012 Primary Candidate List," accessed March 12, 2014
- Alaska Division of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed March 12, 2014
- Frontiersman, "Date set for Purcell recall vote," April 10, 2010
- Frontiersman, "Recall effort targets Purcell," February 11, 2010
- Biography from Project Vote Smart