Sunday, March 18, 2018

California: Recall effort against Fresno Central Unifed School Board members after firing superintendent

Board members Phillip Cervantes and Richard Solis are facing a recall effort following the firing of a superintendent. Petitioners need about 3000 signatures to get on the ballot. Petitioners are trying to get it on the ballot as a special election rather than be included in the general election in November.

Maine: Three Scarborough School Board members facing recall effort

Petitioners are seeking the recall of board members Donna Beeley, Jodi Shea and Cari Lynford over the resignation of a principal, school start times changes, a proficiency-based education model and transparency issues. They are also looking for the resignation of the Superintendent.

Oregon: Baker City Councilor facing recall following guilty plea in criminal mischief charge

City Councilor Adam Nilsson is facing a recall effort after he plead guilty to a criminal mischief charge of trespass on an abandoned county-owned lime plant. Nilsson was appointed to the council and his term ends at the end of the year. Petitioners need 586 signatures by June 4.

Nevada: Court ruling holds signatures can be struck out by removal form in Senate recall

A district court ruled that names can be removed from recall signatures, which could kill the recall attempts against Senators Joyce Woodhouse (D) and Nicole Cannizzaro (D). Democrats have collected more than 2000 removal forms. Petitioners have a margin of 243 for Woodhouse and 43 for Cannizzaro.

The Republicans plan to appeal.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Oregon: Three Ashland Parks and Recreation Commissioners survive recall vote

All three Commissioners, Michael Gardiner (4030-1756), Jim Lewis (4042-1748) and Rick Landt (4034-1752) overwhelmingly survived the recall vote. The issue was the Ashland Senior Center staff and a modification of the senior services.

Texas: Plano Councilman recall push claims to be nearing signature requirement

The recall committee against Councilman Tom Harrison, who was censured by the council after posting a Facebook video calling for the ban of Islam in schools, claims they will soon have the signatures needed to get on the ballot. They need 2791 and have to get it in by April 5.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Michigan: Kinderhook Township Clerk up for May 8 vote

Clerk Cynthia Carpenter (R) is facing Ginger Kesler (NP) in a May 8 recall over mileage reimbursement, FOIA violation, replacing deputy clerks and refusing to share information. The lead petitioner, Michael Exelby, lost to Carpenter by 12 votes in the 2016 Republican primary.

California: Palo Verde school board facing recall effort

School Board Members Gloria Hauff and Mark Trigueiro are facing a recall effort, as might members Lorraine Cleek, Natalie Coelho and Chris De Azevedo (the last three are up for reelection in November, so likely not them). Petitioners need 187 signatures to get on the ballot. The issue is the failure to extend the principal's contract (the board oversees a single school).

Arizona: South Tucson Mayor and Councilmembers kicked out in recall vote

Mayor Ildefonso Green and Councilmen Rufino Cantu, Robert Larribas and Carlos Romo were all kicked out in a recall vote and replaced by former Mayor Paul Diaz, Rita Rogers, Herman Lopez and Roberto Teso.

Michigan: Court of Appeals rules that councilman should not have been able to run in Flint mayoral recall and for reelection

Councilman Scott Kincaid lost in his recall fight against Mayor Karen Weaver while attempting to run for reelection. A judge ruled that he couldn't run for both and Kincaid withdrew from the council race. The Appellate Court held that it is incompatible to run for two offices at once.

Wisconsin: St. Francis Mayor ousted in recall vote

Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls lost her recall vote to Alderman Ken Tutaj, 1175-789, with a 39.5% voter turnout. Marie-Carls has been in office six years and was tossed for unprofessional behavior.

Marie-Carls faced a call for her resignation by other council members after a no confidence over disputes with staff and dispute whether the mayor should have a key to the police department.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Georgia: Camilla Mayor facing petitions after group gets past first hurdle.

Petitioners handed in over 100 valid signatures calling for the recall of Mayor Rufus Davis. Petitioners still need the judge to sign off.

Oregon: Clatskanie School Board members facing recall after refusing to renew principal

Three School Board Members, Chair Walt Lovegren and Directors Judy Skirvin and Monty Akin are facing recall petitions following their refusal to renew the contract of a principal. Petitioners need 288 signatures to get on the ballot.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Oregon: Gold Hill City Council facing recall threat

City Councilman Ron Palmer is facing a recall threat after he resigned and then later rescinded his resignation. Sawyer's Paddle Shop Owner Pete Newport, who has been denied an appointment and was disqualified from a 2016 mayoral race based on residency issues, is pushing for a recall. He wrote resignation letters for the entire council over complaints that the city beach park was in disarray, a problem with a state-owned bridge and some resignations of city employees.

Alaska: Unalaska mayor recall vote had 27% registered voter turnout

The final vote against Mayor Frank Kelty was 204 for a recall and 326 against, resulting in Kelty staying in office.

Friday, March 9, 2018

102 Recalls in 2017 -- 39 removed, 31 resigned, 29 survived; At least 395 attempts

Many months late, here's the Recall Elections Blog's annual end of the year stats: In 2017, we had 102 recalls, though some asterisk here. 39 officials were removed in the vote, 31 resigned. 29 officials survived a recall vote. Additionally, in one recall, the official did not contest the recall and instead ran for Mayor (and won). In two other recalls, no one ran against the official so the recalls were cancelled.

I count 395 recall efforts over all. The good folks at Ballotpedia have slightly different numbers, but they are roughly similar.

This year saw a drop from 2016, when there were 120 recalls. This is actually the least recalls in a year since I’ve been tracing. In 2015, there were 108; 2014 (which, I never actually wrote up), 126 recalls. In 
2013, we had 107 recalls2012 we had 168, and a 2011 we had 151. It does seem that there is a drop in off-year elections. I imagine this is partly because of the waiting period that most jurisdictions have right after an official starts in office.

We also saw officials kill recalls in the administrative setting – Hearne, Texas is one very clear example. We also missed a rare Recall Trial in Norfolk,Virginia, where the official was convicted and removed before the recall trial was started. And in Nevada, the Supreme Court killed any opportunity for a recall of judges.

For the fourth straight year, no state official has faced a recall (though in 2015, the Oregon Governor resigned in the face of recall threats). This is a return to the historic norm, though one that is going to end with the recall of a California State Senator Josh Newman (as well as possible ones in Nevada).

·                     22 states had recall elections take place 
·                     The big recall states were Colorado (18) and Oregon (11) – Michigan and California are surprisingly not on the list 
·                     I have not included recalls in Native American territory nor do I include HOAs or Senior Living Communities.