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Another Creswell Mayor Resigns, Following Contentious 4th Of July Parade And Protest

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Creswell’s mayor has stepped down. In a letter, Amy Knudsen didn’t give a reason, though her resignation follows citations issued against several organizers of an unpermitted 4th of July parade, and a protest held outside her home weeks later. 

The regular parade was canceled because of the pandemic. One went ahead anyway, and featured a variety of ‘floats’ - including one where men held a Proud Boys banner and flashed hand signals associated with white supremacy. 

Knudsen says protesters shared her home address and called her a member of the Chinese Communist party. She says while two of the organizers were affiliated with the Proud Boys and QAnon, she doesn’t think most participants and attendees were affiliated with either group. 

Last year, Knudsen took over for Richard Zettervall, after he resigned because of a contentious response to an equity and inclusion resolution. 

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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