Thursday, August 13, 2020

Oklahoma: Petitioners can claim they have signatures for Norman City Council recalll

Petitioners claim that they have the signatures to get three recalls on the ballot against Norman Mayor Breea Clark and City Council members Kate Bierman, Alison Petrone and Stephen Holman. Petitioners have asked for a 10 day extention over election interference.

City Councilwoman Sereta Wilson resigned in the face of the recall. 

The recall is over a vote to cut the police department's proposed budget by $865,000 (it appears not to be an actual cut -- the police wanted a big increase and got only a smaller one). There are also complaints about the council's push to require masks to stave off the coronavirus.

Petitioners would need 25% of registered voters in 30 days. The recall of Clark would require over 18,000 signatures.

Washington: Three Kent School Board members facing petitions over Superintendent's contract vote

Kent School Board members Vice President Denise Daniels and Directors Maya Vengadasalam and Leah Bowen are facing a recall effort over their votes in favor of extending the Superintendent's contract.

Petitioners needs between 4825 and 6356 to get a recall on the ballot. 

Massachusetts: Holyoke Mayor running for Congress now facing recall threats

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, who is running for Congress against incumbent Richard Neal, the Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, is facing a recall effort after claims of inappropriate behavior during his time as a lecturer at UMass. The inappropriate conduct claims are being contested by Morse.

City Councilor Mike Sullivan, Linda Vacon, David Bartley and Howard Greaney Jr. are all co-sponsoring an order to allow for the recall. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Oklahoma: Stillwater City Council facing petitions over pandemic requirements

The five members of the Stillwater City Council, Mayor Will Joyce, Vice Mayor Pat Darlington and Councilors Alane Zannotti, Amy Dzialowski and Jon Wedlake, are all facing recall petitions over the government's moves to fight the coronavirus pandemic. There are questions over whether the Payne County Assessor role, as the County Assessor is apparently holding petitions and notarizing them for anyone who signs. This is quite unusual in the US. 

Petitioners need to hand in 100 signatures to get started and collect 415 signatures in 30 days. 

Wisconsin: Petitions filed against Lake Mills School Board member

Signature collection has started against Lake Mills School Board member Rachael Davies. Petitioners need 1273 signatures in 60 days. 

Davies has been censured by the board for comments made on her social media page over the 50 Miles More march.


Wisconsin: Spider Lake Town Chairman kicked out in recall vote

Spider Lake Chairman John Leighton lost his recall election to Town Supervisor Tim Sheldon, 173-92 on the statewide primary date. 

Georgia: One Blackshear Council recall petitions passes first stage of signatures

The first stage in the recall petition against Blackshear Council member Shawn Godwin has been filed, with petitioners handing in the signatures of 10% of registered voters (30 signatures). If approved, they would then need 89 signatures to get on the ballot.

Council members Linda Gail Dennison and Timmy Sapp were also facing recall petitions, with the council holding a hearing on the charges. Two former mayors have signed the petitions. The issue appears to be their initial opposition to the hiring of the City Clerk. There's also a kitchen sink of other complaints over meeting attendance, open meeting violations and claims of censorship on social media.

Georgia is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed. 

Idaho: Recall against Heyburn Mayor gets on the November ballot

Petitioners have handed in enough signatures to get the recall of Heyburn Mayor Mark Rosa on the November ballot. The recall is over complaints of a hostile environment, overstepping financial authority trying to stop a sewer improvement project and trying to get funds to pay for an attorney to sue the city.


Petitioners needed 230 signatures to get on the ballot. No word on how many were actually verified. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Oregon: Ontario City Councilor facing petitions

Ontario City Councilmember Freddy Rodriguez is facing recall threats over a kitchen sink of complaints, including that he has a restraining order against him. Petitioners would need 493 signatures to get on the ballot.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Arizona: Tucson Mayor facing recall discussion over pandemic fighting efforts

 A recall effort is being launched against Tucson Mayor Regina Romero over her moves to fight the coronavirus pandemic, with recall supporters complaining about closing churches and restaurants as well as mask mandates to stop the spread of the virus. 

Texas: Signatures validated in Big Springs Mayor recall

Signatures have been validated in the recall of Big Springs Mayor Shannon Thomason over claims that she threatened business permits after the petitioners family member filed a lawsuit against the City. Petitioners handed in 872 signatures and 771 were validated. They needed either 549 or 747 signatures (it was not clear if the total needed was 35% of turnout for the last election or the runoff). The election is suppose to be scheduled for Election Day in November.

Update: Thomason is contesting the petitions. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Arkansas: Diamond City Mayor recall on November ballot

Diamond City Mayor Linda Miracle is facing a recall vote on November 3. Diamond City has had both police officers and other city employees resigns in recent months. Miracle sued the city council earlier this year after they held a meeting without her. Miracle had allegedly not shown up to multiple meetings. 

Florida: Recall vote against three Sebastian City Council members scheduled for September 9

 The recall election against Sebastian City Council members Damien Gilliams, Charles Mauti and Pamela Parris have been scheduled for September 9. Gilliams has filed suit to stop the recall vote

The recall seems to have started over fights with the Mayor and other council members -- the three were elected on on a platform of opposition to an 1100 acre annexation plan last year. Gillams and Parris notably voted against the hiring of a new city attorney.  They were also arrested for breaking the Sunshine Law and perjury for lying to investigators. The three members allegedly voted to fire the city staff and appoint Gilliams mayor in what investigators call an illegal meeting. The two allegedly lied under oath.

The recall (which couldn't start until they've been in office six months (which seems to be in May) would require about 1995 signatures each. Petitioners handed in 10282 total, but there is no breakdown for each member.

Texas: McKinney City Councilman recall scheduled for November 3

The recall election of Councilman La'Shadion Shemwell, which was originally scheduled for May 2, will now take place on November 3.

Shemwell has been a controversial member of the council with complaints of violating ethics codes and making inflammatory statements and getting arrested repeatedly. Shemwell has argued that the arrests have occurred after he was racially profiled for refusing to sign two citations after he was pulled over for speeding last year. Shemwell has previously declared a "black state of emergency" in Texas.

McKinney approved an amendment to make recalls easier to get on the ballot earlier this year. The Shemwell recall is supposed to cost the city $70,000.

Missouri: St. Louis City Councilwoman facing petitions over opposition to airport privatization plan

 St. Louis Alderman Cara Spencer is facing petitions over her opposition to an airport privatization plan which will be in the November 3 ballot. The signatures are being collected by the same group that is seeking enough signatures to also get the privatization plan on the ballot. Spencer has announced a run for mayor the following year.

Petitioners would need over 1100 signatures to get on the ballot.

Washington: State Supreme Court upholds ruling tossing out Yakima City Councilmember recall

The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a ruling tossing out the recall effort against Yakima City Councilmember Jason White after he called for resisting state and federal social distancing guidelines and called for people to "take off your masks!" The other Yakima councilmembers voted to censure White, who has not attended the last three council meetings. The Superior Court had held that White's actions did not meet the state's malfeasance standard/judicial recall to get on the ballot.

Texas: Laredo City Council rejects charter amendment looking to change recall law back to 10% of turnout

 In 2016, Laredo voters changed the recall law from petitioners gather signatures of 10% of voter turnout to 10% of registered voters (I much higher hurdle) to get on the ballot. The city council just rejected a proposed amendment to the charter that would have changed it back to the older, looser standard.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Alaska: Governor recall not to be on November ballot

The Alaska Gubernatorial Recall effort is not making the November ballot, as petitioners haven't handed in the signatures. The claim to have 42,680, as petitioning has slowed since the coronavirus pandmeic. They need 71,252.

Florida: Signatures handed in against three Sebastian City Council members

Petitioners have handed in signatures against Sebastian City Council members Damien Gilliams, Charles Mauti and Pamela Parris.

The recall seems to have started over fights with the Mayor and other council members. Gillams and Parris notably voted against the hiring of a new city attorney.  They were also arrested for breaking the Sunshine Law and perjury for lying to investigators. The three members allegedly voted to fire the city staff and appoint Gilliams mayor in what investigators call an illegal meeting. The two allegedly lied under oath.

The recall (which couldn't start until they've been in office six months (which seems to be in May) would require about 1995 signatures each. Petitioners handed in 10282 total, but there is no breakdown for each member.

Alaska: Petitions started for Anchorage Assembly member

Anchorage Assembly Member Meg Zaletel is facing petitions after Mayor Ethan Berkowitz ordered the public barred from Assembly meetings during the coronavirus pandemic.Petitioners need 2468 signatures in 60 days. Alaska's malfeasance standard is much looser than other states, so petitions may be able to get on the ballot.

The Assembly appears to be the Anchorage City Council and not a state legislative body (as one usually presumes when they hear the word Assembly). 

Arizona: Mesa County Clerk recall effort fails

The recall effort against Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters (R) has failed, with petitioners not getting enough signatures. The recall was over a high turnover rate and undiscovered ballots.

Petitioners needed 12,192 to get on the ballot. They claim to have gotten 10,892, though they weren't verified.

Colorado: Rio Grande Commissioner facing petitions

Rio Grande Commissioner John Noffsker is facing a recall effort over handling county business and employee turnover. Petitioners need 909 signatures in 60 days. 

Oklahoma: Enid Commissioner recall likely makes the ballot; Date to be set

The recall effort against Enid Commissioner Ben Ezzell appears likely headed to the ballot, as petitioners handed in over 200 signatures, validated at least 87. They needed 69. The issue was Ezzell's support for the city to enforce the state's COVID-19 alert system and his criticism of the police chief for a failure to enforce a mask mandate proposal designed to combat the pandemic.

The date of the recall is still open. It will be either on Election Day in November or on the city's ward elections in February. Ezzell's term expires in May, so the race would also include a race to succeed Ezzell for the next term. 


Nebraska: Humboldt Mayor recall gets enough signatures

Petitioners have handed in enough signatures to get the recall of Humboldt Mayor Bob Mendenhall on the ballot. The recall is over strict cost control program. Petitioners handed in 132 signatures and got 121 valid. They needed 113 signatures by July 31.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Texas: Levelland Mayor recall effort hands in signatures, but fails

Petitioners did not get enough signatures to recall Levelland Mayor Barbra Pinner. They needed 468 signatures, they handed in 468, which not examined for verification since they were not enough. The recall is over racist Facebook posts. Pinner has since apologized.