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Mayor Would Recuse On High-Rise

If a group of concerned citizens appeals a commission's approval of a proposed downtown high-rise to the City Council, Mayor Sandi Bloem said Thursday she would recuse herself from the process. Bloem's son, Century 21 real estate agent Kurt Lundblad, has a personal and professional relationship with Colorado developer Greg Hills, who is proposing to build a 14-story apartment building on First Street and Lakeside Avenue. "I don't know by law if I would have to, but I absolutely would recuse myself just by appearance, because my son is involved," Bloem said. Lundblad helped facilitate Hills' purchase of the Mudge building where the proposed development would go, and could help market apartments in the future, Hills told The Press Thursday/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Can you remember other times when elected local officials recused themselves from a decision, citing a possible conflict of interest?

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