PORTLAND, Ore. – A longtime member of St. Helen’s Community FCU filed suit against the $160-million credit union yesterday, claiming the incumbent board and management rigged last year’s vote to recall a majority of the board.

“The fix was in,” said Steven Knebel, of last September’s recall petition. Knebel said the credit union’s bylaws barred anyone from voting who did not attend a special meeting called for the recall. Knebel, who says his wife’s family has been involved in the credit union for five decades, said he has been trying since the special meeting to get an official vote tally, which credit union officials have never made public. But, he says, it was clear that a majority of the 200 or so members present at the special meeting favored the recall.

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