Friday, April 20, 2018

California: Calaveras County recall against Supervisor fails

The recall against Supervisor Jack Garamendi failed, with petitioners not handing in signatures.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Nevada: Judge rules recall effort against two State Senators failed

District Court Judge Jerry Wiese ruled that the recalls against Senators Joyce Woodhouse (D) and Nicole Cannizzaro (D) failed, though the judge was frustrated by the failure of the election commission to give clear numbers of how many valid signatures were turned in. Petitioners can still appeal.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Michigan: Macomb Township Trustee facing recall effort

Trustee Dino Bucci (R) is facing a recall effort after he was following his indictment for bribery, extortion, money laundering and fraud as part of a probe over a garbage company. He also allegedly took a $66,000 cash kickback.

Two Republican representative are called for the governor to remove him. 6,846 signatures are needed to get the recall on the ballot.

Michigan: Recall effort against Coloma Township Supervisor and Treasurer rejected

The recall of Supervisor Ken Parrigin and Treasurer James Fulton was rejected on clarity grounds. The issue was a liability for the township.

Colorado: La Plata Commissioner recall falls short by 2000 signatures; Petitioners have 15 days to add

The recall against Commissioner Gwen Lachelt (D) failed, as petitioners handed in 6485 signatures, with 5475 found valid (15% ejection rate). Petitioners needed 7505. Petitioners now have 15 days to try and meet that total -- though Lachelt says she will sue over that interpretation.

The issue is Lachelt's environmental policy.

Oregon: Petitions handed in against four Port of Brookings Harbor Board Commissioners

More than 1000 signatures were handed in against Commissioners Angi Christian, Andy Martin, Roger Thompson and Jan Barbas each. The issue was the firing of the Port Manager. Petitioners need 856 valids.

California: Overview of the Calaveras County recall


Maryland: Bowie Councilmember facing recall effort

Council member Courtney Glass is facing a recall effort, with petitioners needing 2800 signatures in 30 days. Last year, Council member Diane Polangin was removed and then ran and lost in the replacement race. The elections were estimated to cost about $30,000.

The issue is votes in favor of development and an apartment complex (as well as poor attendance at a council meeting).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Idaho: Albion Mayor facing petitions -- petition fails

Mayor Sharon Hardy-Mills Wilmot is facing a petition over claims that she "lacks knowledge to 'adequately' and 'fairly' run the city. The petition only had 13 signatures and needed 20.

California:Third Fresno Central Unifed School Board member facing recall effort

School Board member Terry Cox is now facing a recall effort led by his failed opponent in the 2016 election, Richard Martinez. Martinez is the husband of the president of the teachers union.

The Cox recall effort is taking place at the same time as an effort to remove Phillip Cervantes and Richard Solis over the firing of a superintendent. Cox voted to keep the superintendent. Petitioners need about 3000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Nevada: Recheck of State Senate recall petitions still fails to hit requirement

Following a recheck of signatures, petitioners were still found to have missed the numbers needed to get the recalls of Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro on the ballot. The Woodhouse recall missed by 21, and Cannizzaro by about 500. Prior to the recheck, the signature total discrepancy was 196 for Woodhouse.

An appellate court is still expected to decide whether signatures can be removed by the signer after the fact. If the court upholds the lower court ruling that they can be, then the petitions will have missed by a lot more.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Florida: Madeira Beach recall dead

Following the judicial ruling that stopped the recall of Commissioners John Douthirt and Nancy Oakley, the committee declared that they will not be appealing the ruling further. Douthirt and Oakley are being paid back $13000 in legal fees.

California: Third Calaveras Supervisor petitions approved

The recall effort against Supervisor Gary Tofanelli has been approved, with petitioners needing 1396 signatures to get on the ballot. Proponents claim the issue is a lack of leadership, with one claim that Tofanelli jumped the line to take the Chairman position before another supervisor.

There are already petitions against Supervisor Jack Garamendi (1319 signatures needed) and Supervisor Dennis Mills (1555 signatures needed), both over cannabis issues.

Texas: Kennedale councilmembers facing May 5 recall vote

Councilmembers Sandra Lee and Jan Joplin are facing a May 5 recall vote -- both were elected last May. Joplin is also running against the Mayor Brian Johnson.

The recall is over complaints of violating the city charter by working around the city manager, removing non-supporters from advisory boards and threatening city workers. Joplin and Lee argue that the recall over their concerns about city spending and co-mingling of funds.

California: Live Oak Mayor facing recall effort over water and sewer rate increases

Mayor Aleksandar Tica is facing a recall effort over proposed water and sewer rate increases. Tica was elected in January.

Nevada: Recall proponents ask for recheck of 389 signatures

The Republican backers of the recall effort against Nevada State Senators Nicole Cannizzaro (D) and Joyce Woodhouse (D) have asked for a recheck of 389 signatures. Petitioners actually need over many more signatures approved to remove Woodhouse (1600) and Cannizzaro (1900), but this is likely a test to see if it is worth asking for a recheck on the rest.

Maine: Signatures verified against three Scarborough School Board members

The clerk has stated that enough signatures have been handed in against board members Donna Beeley, Jodi Shea and Cari Lynford. They needed 2622 signatures. It's not clear how many valids were given in. The issue was the resignation of a principal, school start times changes, a proficiency-based education model and transparency issues.

Massacusetts: Barnstable County Commissioner facing calls for removal following criticism of Parkland students, but no recall provision

Barnstable has been debating adopting a recall law following comments by County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr. (R) over fights over a parking space, a proposal to kill great white sharks and criticize of the "#MeToo movement." Now, Beaty has heavily criticized Parkland School Shooting survivor David Hogg, leading to further push for his removal. Beaty is also a candidate for state Representative. Quite a bit more detail here, including that Beaty spent a year in jail for threatening to kill President George H.W. Bush.

Texas: West University Place Councilwoman facing petitions over disorderly conduct charge for yelling at girl in pro-Trump t-shirt

Petitions are being collected against Councilwoman Kellye Burke after she was charged with a misdemeanor for yelling at a middle school girl wearing a "trump Make America Great Again" T-shirt.  Petitioners need 1656 signatures (15%) to get on the ballot.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Maine: Waterville Mayor and Councillor facing recall efforts

Mayor Nick Isgro (R) and newly appointed Councilor John O'Donnell (D) are both facing recall efforts. O'Donnell is a former council member who was appointed to fill a vacancy. One of the other candidates, Libertarian Jay Coelho, is pushing for the recall. Isgro has faced the recall over a tweet criticizing survivors of the Parkland School shooting. Petitioners need 91 signatures by May 2.

Nevada: Recall attempts against two Democratic State Senators fail

The recall attempt against Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro (D) both failed to get enough signatures. The district court counted the controversial requests to remove names. The article says that Democrats feel that even without the removals, the recall would have failed to get to the ballot.

Petitioners need 14216 and 14412 signatures.

Massachusetts: Supreme Judicial Court throws out Townsend recall

The Supreme Judicial Court upheld an appellate court ruling tossing out the recall of Selectman Cindy King because it din't set a proper cause of action. The ruling is only 1 paragraph long.

Maine: Minot School Board Member cannot face recall vote

Board member Mike Downing, who was fired as a bus drier for allegedly making racist and sexist comments, cannot be recalled. Downing's law allows it for munipial officers, but not school board members, according to the Superintendent.

Texas: Plano Councilman recall vote scheduled for November Election Day

Councilman Tom Harrison's recall has been scheduled for November 6. 4400 signatures were gathered, 2800 were needed. Harrison is facing the recall for a Facebook post against teaching Islam in the school.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Maine: Waterville Mayor facing recall threat over tweet about Parkland shooting

Mayor Nick Isgro (R) is facing calls for resignation and discussion of a recall following a tweet against Parkland student David Hogg.

Oregon: Oakridge Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Jim Coey is facing a recall threat over his push against the city administrator, who had his contract approved by a 4-3 vote. One of the leaders of the recall effort is a member of the planning commission. 

Petitioners need 178 signatures in 90 days. Coey's term ends at the end of the year.

Louisiana: Opelousas Mayor subpoenas organizers of recall effort

Mayor Reggie Tatum, who is facing charges of theft forgery and malfeasance for $13,000 overtime payment and forged time sheets, is trying to subpoena the grand jury information of his indictment as well as the recall petition that had previously failed to get enough signatures.

California: Calaveras School District recall fails to submit signatures

No signatures were handed in against Sherri Reusche and Dennis Dunnigan. Petitioners needed 833.

Arizona: South Tucson Mayor who was recalled in 2015 and then elected again facing investigation

Mayor Paul Diaz, who was kicked out in a 2015 recall election and then went on to recapture his seat in 2018 recall, is facing an investigation into home mortgage payment.

Massachusetts: Supreme Judicial Court hears arguments in Townsend recall

Here -- this is another case turning on whether a recall law is a political one or a malfeasance standard one that requires a showing of cause before getting on the ballot.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Council Chairman survives recall vote

Chairman Thurlow "Sam" McClellan survived his recall vote 229-249, The recall took place at the same time as a primary election for three other seats. The issue was claims of misuse of tribal funds in the purchase of an airline ticket (he claims it was paid back within four days as was simply so his wife could accompany him on a trip to DC). McClellan claims the recall was over his opposition to a proposed hotel and casino.

Michigan: Kinderhook Township Clerk resigns instead of facing recall vote

Township Clerk Cynthia Carpenter quit rather than face a May 8th recall vote over claims that she refused to share information with the treasurer, violating FOIA, replacing Deputy Clerks without notifying the board, and issues about mileage reimbursement. Her replacement is expected to be Ginger Kesler, who filed to run against Carpenter.

Maine: York School Board member survives recall vote

School Board Member Dick Bachelder easily survived the special election vote. 315-744. The recall was over the firing of the football and basketball coach. Turnout was about 10% of total voters.

Oregon: Special Election recall of Ashland Parks & Recreation Commissioners cost nearly $25K

The March recall of Ashland Parks & Recreations Commissioners Rick Landt, Mike Gardiner and Jim Lewis, who all overwhelmingly survived the vote, cost $24,581.76, according to the Jackson County Elections.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Florida: Madeira Beach Commissioner recall granted temporary injunction

A judge granted a temporary injunction stopping the April 17 recall of Commissioners John Douthirt and Nancy Oakley. The judge held that the recall didn't set enough grounds to hit the malfeasance standard. No word yet on whether the petitioners will appeal.

Michigan: Four Saugatuck Township recalls set for November 6

The recalls against Clerk Brad Rudich, Treasurer Lori Babinski, Trustees Roy McIlwaine and Douglas Lane have been set for November 6. The issue was a failure to remove an employee who was reprimanded. The four are all Republicans and any candidate running against will be listed either as a different party or as non-partisan.

New Mexico: Los Alamos County Council Chair recall effort thrown out by judge

The recall effort against Councilor David Izraelevitz (D) was kicked out by a judge because the effort doesn't have enough time to run legal notices before the election.

Texas: Signatures handed in against Plano Councilman

Petitioners handed in over 4400 signatures to recall Councilmember Tom Harrison over his Facebook posts on banning Islam in public schools. Petitioners need 2791 signatures to get on the ballot.

Louisiana: House Committee passes bill to lower signature totals for recalls

The bill copies the California model and would drop the signature totals from the 1/3rd of registered voters to 20 percent for large cities; 25 for medium sized  and maintain 1/3rd for communities of less than 25000 voters.

Colorado: Dolores School Board members facing petitions

School Board President Dee Prock and board member Vangi McCoy are facing petitions over complaints over transparency and declines in performance. Petitioners need 335 signatures in 60 days.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

California: Newark School Board members facing recall effort

Board members Jan Crocker, Francisco Preciado Jr. and Ray Rodriguez are all facing a recall effort. Rodriguez was previously the target of a recall in 2014. Petitioners would need about 3200 signatures.

Oregon: Clatskanie School Board recall set for May 1 as one director resigns

The recall against Director Monty Akin and Judy Skirvin has been set for May 1. Director Walt Lovegren resigned rather than face a vote. The issue was the superintendent's recommendation against renewing an elementary school principal's contract.

Petitioners handed in about 380 signatures, which they claimed to have collected in less than eight hours. They needed 288. The recall is estimated to cost about $4000.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Colorado: La Plata County Commissioner recall missing 1105 signatures to get on ballot

6400 signatures were handed in against Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, (D) with petitioners needing 7505 to get on the ballot. Colorado law allows a 15 day collection additional collection period to get the final 1105 signatures. The issue is Lachelt's alleged lobbying for environmental positions

Massachusetts: State legislature to vote on allowing East Bridgewater recall provision

The state legislature is set to vote on a recall provision for East Bridgewater (S.402). Petitioners would need 100 signatures and 15% of registered voters in each precinct.

Michigan: Michigan State University Board Trustees facing calls for ouster, with discussion of recall possibilities

This is following the sex abuse revelations against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nasser. This would have to be a statewide recall effort.

Massachusetts: Townsend recall case heading to state's Supreme Judicial Court

The recall effort against Selectmen Gordon Clark and Cindy King over investigations into the police department is now heading to the state's highest court. The recall was set for June 19. The lower court threw out the recall because it didn't describe the actions, but the Appeals Court reversed.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Florida: Two Madeira Beach commissioners facing April 17 vote

The recalls of Commissioners John Douthirt and Nancy Oakley are set to take place on April 17 (provided that a judge doesn't get involved). The election is suppose to cost up to $150,000, with $90,000 covering overnight mailing of ballots.

Colorado: A look at the use of the recall in Colorado


Oregon: Clatskanie School Board recall going to the ballot

Two board members, Monty Akin and Judy Skirvin, are facing an upcoming recall vote following a decision not to renew a principal's contract on a 3-2 vote. A third board member, Walt Lovegren, resigned on Match 19. Petitioners needed 288 signatures to get on the ballot.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

California: First attempt to recall Stockton Councilman fails

An attempt to recall Councilman Jesus Andrade failed after only seven of ten signatures were handed in. There are a kitchen sink type of complaint over negligence of maintenance. Andrade claims that it supporters of former Mayor Anthony Silva who is leading the effort. The group is also targeting Mayor Michael Tubbs who beat Silva for the seat.

Former Councilman Ralph White is one of the lead petitioners. White led the 1984 recall effort against Councilman Mark Stebbins (who beat him in an election) in one of the weirdest recalls of all time.

New Jersey: Lacey School Board member facing recall effort from gun-rights groups

Board member Linda Downing is facing a recall effort following the disciplining of two students who posted photos on social media at a gun range.

Petitioners would need 5022 signatures in 160 days.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Chairman facing recall

Chairman Thurlow "Sam" McClellan will be up for a recall vote on Tuesday, April 3 over claims that he misused a tribal credit card, though others claim that the issue is that he has been an critic of plans to build a new casino.

Michigan: Petitions taken out against Bedford Charter Township Supervisor

Township Supervisor Adam Heikkila is facing petitions over claims that he refuses to keep business hours, pushed for the dismissal of ordinance violation case against him and being threatened with arrest for disorderly conduct. Petitioners need 734 signatures to get on the ballot.

Update: Petition language has been approved.

Colorado: Cost holding up recall effort against indicted Fremont County Clerk and Recorder

The recall effort against Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr, who is in court over embezzling funds and other misdeeds, is currently debating the cost of the effort, with a Commissioner noting that the cost of a recall may top her $72,500 salary. Barr's term ends at the end of the year. Petitions would have to be in by July 18 and need 3581 signatures.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

New Mexico: Los Alamos County Council Chair facing recall effort

County Council Chair David Izraelevitz is facing a recall effort by a Greg White, who is running for County Sheriff, claiming 31 counts of wrongdoing -- New Mexico is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state so the petitioner would need to meet a legal standard to get the recall on the ballot. White claims that Israelevitz is not allowed to serve due to term limits and that he advocated the overthrow of the the State of New Mexico.

California: Appellate Court rejects Santa Clara Judge Appeal to stop recall

The appeal by Judge Aaron Persky was over whether the petitioner should have filed the recall effort with the California Secretary of State rather than the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. The issue was whether he was a state officer or a local officer.

Maine: Signatures handed in against three Scarborough School Board members

Close to 3300 signatures were handed in against 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. Petitioners need 2622 valids.

Ohio: Cincinnati Councilman in favor of recall law after mayoral drama

Councilman Wendell Young is arguing that the city needs a recall law following Mayor John Cranley's push to get the City Manager to resign. Young may back a voter proposal to get the recall voted into the charter.

Colorado: Recall threats against Fremont County Clerk and Recorder

County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr (R), who was arrested on charges of embezzlement, harassment, intimidation of a witness and fraud by check, may face a recall effort if she returns to work. Petitioners would need 3581 signatures. There's an interesting discussion of a provision that would require a Democratic candidate to get more signatures than a Republican to contest in a recall race.

In the case of a recall election for the Fremont County Clerk and Recorder, the successor candidate for the Republican party would have to obtain 961 valid signatures, a successor candidate for the Democratic party would have to garner 2,865 signatures, and a minor party or unaffiliated candidate would have to get 287. Goff said the number of signatures required for a Democratic candidate is much higher because the Democrats did not have a candidate on the ballot during the last primary, so the number has to be based on a percentage of the total votes cast for all candidates at the last general election instead of a percentage of votes cast for the Democratic candidate at the primary.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Massachusetts: Scarborough Superintendent tries to prevent voter registration drive focused on school board recall

Superintendent Julie Kukenberger has asked students to refrain from a voter registration drive during school hours, which is taking place at the same time as a recall against three school board members, Chairwoman Donna Beeley, and members Cari Lyford and Jodi Shea. Petitioners need 2622 signatures -- the group claims they have 2150.

The issue comes over the firing of a principal and an 83-1 faculty no confidence vote against the Superintendent. 

Michigan: Signatures validated in four of five Saugatuck Township recalls

Petitions against Clerk Brad Rudich (415), Treasurer Lori Babinski (387), Trustees Roy McIlwaine (375) and Douglas Lane (393) were validated. Petitioners needed 336 each. The issue was a failure to remove an employee who was reprimanded. The four are all Republicans and any candidate running against will be listed either as a different party or as non-partisan.

North Dakota: Petitions taken out against Richland School Board

School Board members Lisa Amundson, Josh Mjoness and Sarah Myers are facing recall efforts after investigations of alleged sexual misconduct by students and basketball players. The Superintendent has been put on administrative leave. The petitions would require between 40 and 70 signatures.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wisconsin: Crandon School Board facing recall threats

Crandon School Board Members are facing recall threats following the suspension of the Superintendent, who was suspended and under investigation following the removal of a principal. The group is in favor of the removal of the superintendent, but want other action taken. They are debating whether to target all five members or just one.

California: Montebello Mayor and Councilman facing recall effort over commercial marijuana ruling

Petitions were taken out against Mayor Vanessa Delgado and Councilman Jack Hadjinian following the council's 3-2 decision to approve some commercial marijuana businesses (Councilman Art Barajas, the third vote, has his term end this year). Delgado is running for the State Senate and is blaming Councilwoman Vivian Romero, who is also running for the Senate, for pushing the recall. Romero denied the claim.

Petitioners need about 6000 signatures to get on the ballot and plan to raise $30,000 to hire signature-gatherers.

Monday, March 19, 2018

California: San Marcos Board of Education facing recall efforts

Board members Jacqueline Reid, Wendy Sims-Moten, Ismael Paerdes Ulloa and Kate Parker are facing recall efforts following a 4-1 vote to remove a principal.

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. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Alaska: Unalaska Mayor survives recall vote

Mayor Frank Kelty survived a recall vote, with 62% casting ballots for him to stay (286-177 -- and 74 absentee/questioned ballots still to be counted). The recall was over a dock agreement.

Florida: Madeira Beach commissioners recall facing scheduling problems and potential significant conflict of interest

Petitioners handed in enough signatures to get a recall against Commissioner John Douthirt and Nancy Oakley on the ballot, but there is a dispute as to whether the City Attorney Ralf Brooks has contacted the Chief Circuit Court Judge Anthony Rondolino, who is responsible for setting a date. Brooks is serving as the Commissioners' personal attorney to block the recall.

Florida: Recall effort against Riviera Beach City Council members still in court

The judge has refused a request to dismiss the case. Here's some early coverage of the attempt to throw out 8600 signatures that led to the recall effort.

Georgia: Camilla Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Rufus Davis is facing a recall effort led by former Councilwoman Vivian Smith, following a number of complaints against Davis, including that he is facing a $2.9 million tax levy, boycotting council meetings and an attempt to fire the Housing Authority Director.

In 2016, a recall was attempted against Councilmembers Smith, Lewis Campbell Jr. W.D. Palmer and Annie Doris Willingham. The effort was thought to have the backing of Davis and was thrown out by a judge.

Tennessee: Look back at East Tennessee's mayoral scandals

The article notes that Knoxville Mayor Cas Walker was kicked out in a recall (than in 1956 was the center of a picture showing him ready to punch a councilman).

Michigan: Signatures verified against Kinderhook Township Clerk

Petitioners handed in 173 signatures to recall Clerk Cynthia Carpenter over how she has been reimbursed for mileage. 166 were valid, and 124 were needed. The lead petitioner, Michael Exelby, lost to Carpenter in the 2016 Republican primary by 12 votes.

Michigan: Leoni Township officials facing recall effort over medical marijuana fee structures

Supervisor Howard Linnabary, Clerk Michele Manke and Treasurer Lori Stack are facing recall efforts over medical marijuana applications. The seven board members were paid for the first 18 medical marijuana applications ($15000). Petitioners need 984 signatures to get on the ballot.

Maine: Scarborough school board members facing petitions

School Board Chairwoman Donna Beeley and members Cari Lyford and Jodi Shea are facing a recall effort following the resignation of a high school principal, who was reportedly forced out by the superintendent and tried to withdraw his resignation. Petitioners need 2622 signatures (25% of turnout). Petitioners have 20 days to collect signatures.

Texas: Windcrest City Council recall, which council refused to schedule, killed by Appellate Court ruling/run out the clock behavior

The state Appellate Court unanimously shot down a recall effort against Councilmen Gerd Jacobi, James McFall and Jim Shelton under the argument that petitioner doesn't have the right to demand the action requested. Petitioners handed in more than 451 signatures in January, but due to what the article calls a "certification blunder" -- though it seems worse than that -- the city officials only counted signatures from people who voted in the last election, rather than from all registered voters. This allowed certification to be pushed back until early February, where the councilmen facing a recall failed to show up, depriving the council of a quorum. The result was that the recall was not scheduled before a February 16 date to get on the May ballot.

Illinois: Rockford City Council approves recall law

Rockford would be only the second city in Illinois, after Buffalo Grove, to adopt a recall law. Voters must approved a referendum in November for the law to go into effect.

Tennessee: Nashville Mayor resigns before recall effort starts

Mayor Meghan Barry plead guilty to theft of city funds and resigned her position following revelations of an affair with her bodyguard. A recall effort was set to begin in April.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Michigan: Kalkaska Village President recall set for May 8 primary day

Village President Jeff Sieting will be facing a vote on May 8 over his tweets about Muslims, Black Lives Matters and votes on budget issues. Petitioners handed in 196 valid signatures, they needed 166. Sieting's term ends at the end of the year.

Texas: Forest Hill Councilwoman facing recall effort

322 valid signatures were handed in against Councilwoman Stephanie Boardingham -- too late for the May 5 primary ballot, but it could be on for Election Day in November.

The claims include complaints about her vote on matter dealing with her business (a market), spending money on car rentals and hotel rooms. She also filed a lawsuit against the city in 2016 over a flea market that she operated.

The lead petitioner is a former mayor.

Tennessee: Petitions against Nashville Mayor to be taken out on April 10

A group pushing for the recall of Mayor Megan Barry following revelations of her affair with a top security official/bodyguard is moving forward. They need close to 60,000 signatures. The group announced April 10, the day before early voting for primaries begins, as the day they will take out petitions (they have 30 days to collect).

New Mexico: State adopts law that commission-manager government municipality has recall law

The bill that was signed into law, HB 49, clarifies a point of law that makes removes the state District Court from making a decision on recalls  against commission-manager government municipalities. All recalls in the state are on the malfeasance standard (requiring a showing of malfeasance, misfeasance of violation of oath of office).

Massachusetts: Appellate Court greenlights Townsend recall effort

An appellate court reversed a nine month old decision stopping the recall of Selectmen Gordon Clark and Cindy King with the court limiting its role in policing recalls:

"The role of courts in policing recall elections generally is limited to ensuring the integrity of the process," the court wrote. "(Previous) cases counsel against courts being drawn into evaluating the stated grounds for recall, something that would run the risk of the courts usurping the public debate on local issues to be decided at the ballot box."
However, Clark's term ends next month and King appears to be running for State Representative. The issue was an investigation of the police officials for running unlawful background checks on town employees.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

California: Recall attempt against Assembly Speaker fails

The recall attempt against Speaker Anthony Rendon over his decision to shelve a single-payer healthcare Senate bill has failed. Petitioners needed over 23000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Ohio: Portsmouth Mayor facing recall efforts

Mayor Jim Kalb is facing a recall effort over a conflict with the City Manager and the council. There are also discussion of recalls against Councilwoman JoAnn Aeh and Councilman Gene Meadows.

Arizona: Mohave County Supervisor facing petitions

Supervisor Jean Bishop is facing recall petitions from Jean Jones-Esposito, a candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives. The complaint is Bishop's "socialist voting record."

Petitioner needs 2897 signatures.

California: How Santa Clara Judge can survive recall vote


Monday, February 26, 2018

California: WSJ Op-ed on the Santa Clara Judge recall


California: Pico Rivera Councilman facing recall effort

Councilman Gregory Salcido, a high school teacher who swore at a student wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt, is facing a recall effort. A fellow teacher is leading the effort, noting that Salcido was put on leave after being accused of hitting a student and telling a student to shut up before he kills him.

Petitioners need 6386 signatures to get on the ballot. All four of Salcido's fellow council members support the recall.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

American Airlines Flights Attendants' Union President resigns in face of recall effort

Bob Ross is stepping down as union head after a recall effort.

California: Solano County Superior Court Judge facing petitions

Judge Cynda Riggins-Unger, who faced petitions in 2014 over claims that she is rude to female litigants, is once against facing a recall effort. Unger is on the ballot unopposed in November, so it's not clear when the recall petition dates would start.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Missouri: St. Louis Councilman facing two ouster efforts

Councilman Ernie Trakas (R) is now facing two efforts to remove him from the council, which he is blaming on the County Executive. The recall effort needs about 15,000 signatures, though petitioners aren't handed it in just yet.

Trakas barely won his seat, which seems to be a key swing in the counsel. He also opposed a zoning change for a construction business in his district, though later backed down.

Another removal effort is a claim that he violates the county charter by working as an attorney for public school districts.

Tennessee: Nashville Mayor facing recall push following affair with head of security

Mayor Megan Barry is coming under a firestorm of criticism following revelations of her affair with the head of security. In addition to calls for her resignation, there is now a push for a recall effort. Petitioners need about 60,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Michigan: Jackson County Sheriff facing threats of removal

Sheriff Steven Rand is facing a push for his resignation or removal by the Governor following a civil lawsuit calling him a "multifaceted bigot." The County Board of Commissioners voted 8-0 asking for his resignation. There is talk of a recall if nothing else works.

Michigan: Dexter School Board member facing recall effort

School Board member Barbara Read is facing a recall threat from the husband of a cross country coach over claims that she threatened the coach's job. Read filed a Title IX complaint over the disparity in schedule for the girls and boys cross-country team. 

Petitioners need 2368 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

California: Madera Mayor recall efforts moving forward

An attempt to recall Mayor Andy Medellin is moving forward over claims the doubling of water rates and the salaries for city department heads. Petitioners would need about 3500 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: School Board member elected in 2016 recall resigns after denying Sandy Hook massacre

Board of Education member Val Bury, who won office in the 2016 recall of School Board President Diana Parrigin for a marijuana possession arrest, has resigned following twitter posts she made claiming that no one was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Nevada: A look at the Lieutenant Governor's role in the Senate recall effort

Here's a look in the Nevada Independent on one of the most unusual parts of the recall Lt. Governor's Mark Hutchinson (R) serving as legal counsel for the recall groups.

California: Recall against Assembly Speaker fails

The recall attempt against Speaker Anthony Rendon (D) over his shelving a single-payer health care plan has been abandoned.

California: Corona City Council recall fails

Petitioners claim they collected between 4200-4300 signatures for the recall of Mayor Karen Spiegel, Vice Mayor Eugene Montanez and Councilman  Dick Haley. They needed 10500 for each.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Wisconsin: Coulee Region Joint Municipal Court judge pushed for resignation

Judge John Brinckman is facing calls for his resignation or a recall over claims of organizational mismanagement. There is claims of "mountains of unprocessed citations" and 30 boxes of unprocessed tickets."

Maine: York School Board Recall set for April 7

The recall against School Board member Dick Bachelder has been set for April 7. Bachelder is running for reelection in May. regardless.

Petitioners handed in 1072 signatures, and got 971. The issue was the firing of a coach, which he didn't appear to have a part in, though he was overheard as making a comment years ago that the coach shouldn't coach two sports.

California: Second candidate enters Santa Clara Judge recall replacement race

Angela Storey, who opposes the recall of Judge Aaron Persky, has put herself up as a replacement candidate should the recall succeed.

Oregon: Oregon State University Grad School representative ousted for white nationalist views/felony hate crimes charge

Representative Andrew Oswalt, who is going for a PhD in Chemistry, was tossed out by almost 90% of the vote (2/3rds were needed). He also ran for reelection and lost, though he got 329 votes.

Colorado River Indian Tribes to hold April 28 election

Chairman Dennis Patch, Vice Chairman Keith Moses and Councilmembers Amelia Flores, Valerie Welsh-Tahbo, Johnny Hill Jr., Granthum Stevens, Johnson Fisher, Herman Laffoon and Bobby Page are up for a vote on April 28.

The issue is the leasing of water allotment, which petitioners claim was done in secret.

Philippines: Senator proposes change to recall law allowing voluntary resignation of official

Apparently, the Philippines prevents a recall while the recall process is in progress. This bill by Senator Leila de Lima, who is the detained on drug-related charges and the Senate Electoral Reforms and People's Participation Committee Chairwoman, would change it.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Montana: Tracy City Councilman survives recall effort

Councilman Tony Peterson survived a recall vote, 211-174. The issue was Peterson's alleged bullying of city employees.

North Carolina: Pinehurst Village Council shoots down recall plan

The council voted down an idea for a recall law

Texas: Plano City Councilman facing recall effort over Facebook post on Islam

Councilman Tom Harrison is facing a recall after posting a video of girls in hijabs with the statement that "Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools." Petitioners would need about 2791 signatures (30% of votes cast in the last municipal election).

California: Recall petitions drafted for Stockton Mayor

Petitioners have been taken out against Mayor Michael Tubbs (D) over claims that the acts in a fiscally irresponsible manner and homelessness has increased. Petitioners need 15918 signatures -- Tubbs beat the Republican incumbent in 2016, gaining 70% of the vote.

Idaho: Pocatello/Chubbuck School board facing recall effort

A fight over school choice of high school has led to an effort to recall the entire school board.

Texas: Signatures validated in Windcrest Councilmen recall

The recall effort against Councilmen Gerd Jacobi, James McFall and Jim Shelton took a step closer to finally getting on the ballot. Petitioners handed in enough signatures (they needed 415), but the city secretary rejected the petitions because some of the signers had not voted in the previous election. Windcrest simply requires that they get signatures from registered voters, so this decision was reversed. The petitioners are hoping to schedule the recall for the May primary ballot, though there is concern (as has happened in Texas numerous times before) that the recall will be delayed by the council.

The issue is the creation of the Windcrest Volunteer Fire Department Bugle Crew, which would replace the Windcrest Volunteer Fire Association.

Washington: Early returns suggest Black Diamond City Council member kicked out

Results are still not official, but the recall of Council member Pat Pepper seems to have succeeded. The current vote is 667-310.

Pepper was accused of Open Meeting Act violations, refusing to attend council meetings, and failing to enact a vote to change the Master Development Review Team contracts.

Louisiana: Charges thrown out against recall petitioner in Lafayette City Marshall

The lead petitioner in the recall effort against Marshall Brian Pope had charges dismissed. The petitioner was arrested by the City Marshall's office right after the recall failed on 20-year old charges of bouncing $200 in checks.

Pope is still facing a felony trial this year.

Michigan: Branch County Prosecutor recall effort greenlit

The recall effort against Prosecutor Ralph Kimble over sexual harassment claims and a police investigation has been approved by the State Board of Canvassers.

Petitioners need 2858 signatures.

Nebraska: Replacement race following Sutherland recall

A special election filled the seats of the two members ousted in a November recall, Trustees John Lutz and Ray Ravenscroft. Tory Copeland and Larry Meyer won the five person race.

Nigeria: Threats of a recall against Senator who criticized president

The recall effort is against Senator Shehu Sani over claims that he insulted the president.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Nevada: Coverage of Court case against State Senate recalls

Lots of coverage of the Nevada State Senate recall campaigns, including one piece by Nicholas Riccardi at the AP that cites me discussing the political nature of recalls.

California: Santa Clara Board of Supervisors schedules recall for June

The recall of Judge Aaron Persky has been put on the June 5 ballot.

Maine: Petitioners hand in 1072 signatures for York School Board member recall

Petitioners handed in 1072 signatures. They need 697 signatures to get the recall of School Board Member Dick Bachelder on the ballot. Petitioners need to hand in by tomorrow. The recall is over his role in the firing of a coach. Bachelder's term is up in May regardless.

California: Oxnard Recall could cost $500,000

It's a special election scheduled for May 1.

Wisconsin: St. Francis Mayor Recall scheduled for March 13

Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls will face a special election on March 13, as petitioners handed in 1229 valid signatures. They handed in 1275 and needs 1047. St. Marie-Carls has said she will appeal the ruling. The issue was claims of unprofessional conduct.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Colorado: Editorial against La Plata County Commissioner

An editorial is out there  criticizing the recall effort against County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt over her environmental advocacy. The article does claim that recalls should only be used for "extreme cases of gross misconduct or major ethics violations..."

Michigan: Judges forces recall of Wayne Councilman on to May ballot

After more than a month of waiting, a Circuit Court Judge forced a recall of Councilman Chris Sanders onto the May primary ballot over his vote to move elections to even numbered years. Petitioners handed in about 1400 signatures, they got 1281 verified, and they needed 1183. But the Clerk allegedly wouldn't issue a call for the recall election to be held. Petitions against three other officials failed to get enough signatures.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Nevada: District Court Judge to hear state Senate recall suits

A District Court Judge is hearing the suit over requests from petitioners to remove their signatures on petitions against Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro. Democrat have submitted more than 2000 signatures calling for removal for each recall effort.

New Jersey: A look at the Mahwah mayoral recall effort


Michigan:Signatures turned in against three Juniata Township officials

Petitioners handed in over 200 signatures in the recall against Supervisor Neil Jackson, Clerk Heidi Stark and Trustee Andrew Stark over a failure to enact a moratorium on commercial wind energy systems -- a company wants permits for 31 turbines in the township. They need 147 signatures to get on the ballot.

A petition against trustee Elaine Schunn was rejected. A fifth official, Trustee Brenda Wachner, wasn't targeted.

The election would be on May 8, the primary election day.

Oregon: Ashland Commissioners recall gets to the ballot

Enough signatures have been handed in against Commissioners Rick Landt, Mike Gardiner to get the recalls on the ballot. The petitions claim mismanagement of a $9 million budget and spending $230,000 on a consultant for a park.

The recall has to be held by March 14 and is estimated to cost between $25,000-$30,000. Petitioners got 1812 signatures for Gardiner, 1809 for Lewis and 1796 for Landt. They needed 1566 for each.

California: New Port Beach Councilman failed recall effort cost more than $130,000

The failed effort to recall Councilman Scott Peotter costs $130,000 and raised close to $100,000. Peotter. The top donations were from a former Assemblywoman and the campaign committee for a former councilwoman. Three former Newport Beach mayors also donated, as did the planning commissioner who lost to Peotter in his 2014 race.

$66,734 dollars were given to PCI Consultants, the petition management firm (they owed another $41,863).

Peotter raised $45000 in opposition to the recall.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Michigan: Branch County Prosecutor petition rejected by board

The petition against County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble was rejected by the Board of Canvassers over factual questions of the language.

California: Signatures validated in Alvord School Board Member recall

School Board Member Joseph Barragan will be facing an upcoming recall (seems likely to be on the June 5 primary day) over claims that he insulted undocumented immigrants and other groups on a Facebook posts, though Barragan claims that it was from a phony account or created via Photoshop type program. Petitioners handed in 2125 signatures, they got 1912. They needed 1712.

Louisiana: Lafayette City Marshall, subject of failed recall effort, facing felony trial in February

City Marshall Brian Pope, who had the leader of the recall effort arrested for bouncing checks worth less than $200 over 20 years ago, is now finally going to trial. The article's title is "The Most Shameless Man in Louisiana Politics" and it's quite a read.

Alaska: State Legislature asked to clarify recall law by Municipal League


Texas: Signatures handed in against three Windcrest Councilmen

More than 460 signatures were handed in against councilmen Gerd Jacobi, James McFall and Jim Shelton. Petitioners need 415 each.

At the same time, there's a petition to repeal the creation of the Windcrest Volunteer Fire Department Bugle Crew. The creation of the Bugle Crew, which would replace the Windcrest Volunteer Fire Association, was the impetus for the recall effort.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Maryland: Recalled Bowie City Council member running in replacement race

Diane Polangin, who was removed in December with 69% against her, is one of four candidates running in the replacement race.

Michigan: Petitions handed in against Kalkaska Village President

232 signatures have been handed in against Village President Jeff Sieting. Petitioners need 166 valids. The issue is controversial Facebook posts about Black Lives Matters and Muslims and a vote for the city budget with a deficient.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

California: A look at the motives for the Salinas School Board recall effort

Here's a look at the behind the scenes actions in the recall of School Board member Kathryn Ramirez. She was served by Salinas City Councilman John "Tony" Villegas who, prior to his election, lost to Ramirez in a race for the school board seat. The stated issue is the construction of a new high school.

Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe recall fails due to turn out issues

The second recall of tribal leadership, including President Keeney Escalanti, Vice President Virgil Smith and Council member Loraine White failed because a majority of registered voters did not come up to vote. Council member Jordan Joaquin also faced a recall, but actually won the vote outright.

The petitioner was Sally DeCorse, a tribal member who claimed the appointment of Smith unconstitutionally passed over her.

UK: Cross-party panel proposes recall vote for sexual harassment and bullying


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Oregon: Petitioners claim enough signatures for Ashland Commissioners

Petitioners handed in signatures against Commissioners Rick Landt, Mike Gardiner and Jim Lewis over their vote to reorganize a Senior Center and fire the center's manager. Petitioners need 1566 signatures.

California: Salinas Union High School Board Trustee facing recall effort

Trustee Kathryn Ramirez is facing a recall effort over a delay in the opening of a new $77 million school.

Colorado: La Plata County Commissioner facing recall effort

Commissioner Gwen Lachelt (D) is facing a recall effort over lobbying on environmental issues such as methane venting, and her employment with Western Leaders Network, a nonprofit focused on conservation issues. Lachelt argued that oil and gas lobbying organizations are pushing the recall.

Petitioners need 7505 signatures to get on the ballot.

Virginia: Three Charlottesville City Council members facing recall efforts

Once again, there's an attempt to recall members of the City Council with a very heavy race component to it. The previous effort was led by a petitioner accused of a being a white supremacist. Now, Councilor Mike Signer, Kathy Galvin and Wes Bellamy are facing recall efforts. The issue appears to be focused on the council's changing the named of Lee and Jackson parks as well as removing Confederate monuments.

Petitioner needs 1580 signatures to get on the ballot. Petitioner would still need to meet the malfeasance standard, which does seem unlikely based on past cases.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Oregon: Split decision in Huntington -- 3 survive recall vote, one loses

Mayor Candy Howland (98-70), Councilor Richard Cummings (99-70) and John McLean (106-60) all survived a recall vote, though Councilor Cindy Deck (91-75) lost her seat.  Deck will be replaced by appointment. The recall was over claims of a hostile work environment.

California: Oxnard Recall vote scheduled for May 1

Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn and Council members Carmen Ramirez, Bert Perello and Oscar Madrigal are all facing a special election on May 1 for their support of a wastewater increase (voters backed a rate repeal).

Friday, January 26, 2018

California: Hanford Council member kicked out

City Council member Francisco Ramirez was tossed out with 61.6% against him (234-146). Turnout was 384 out of 3475 registereds. He was replaced by Diane Sharp in a four person race.

Oregon: Oregon State University student representative facing recall for white nationalist views

Representative Andrew Oswalt is facing a recall effort after being arrested on criminal mischief charges, which includes "plastering activists' cars with bumper stickers containing the n-word."

Michigan: Plainfield Township Board Supervisor and Trustee facing recall effort

Supervisor Bob Horman (R) and Trustee Susan Morrow (R) are facing recall efforts over water safety concerns and a toxic chemical plume from a tannery waste dump site. Both were elected in 2016, though Horman was previously the township superintendent for 17 years and Morrow was the clerk for 24 years. Petitioners would need 3069 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Muskegon County Drain Commissioner facing recall effort

Commissioner Brenda Moore is facing a recall effort over plans to spend $2 million to make improvements to a drain. Moore was appointed in 2013 and elected in 2016.

The first version was rejected by a 3-0 vote of the Election Commission.

California: Petitioning started against Stockton Mayor

Mayor Michael Tubbs is facing a recall effort -- here's some of the backstory.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

New Hampshire: House Bill/Constitutional Amendment to pass recall law

House Bill 1299 would allow recall for town's selectman (following a dispute in the town of Piermont). A constitutional amendment would allow recalls throughout the state. It needs to pass the House and Senate by a 3/5ths margins and then pass the statewide election by 2/3rds.

Wisconsin: Signatures handed in against St. Francis Mayor

1275 signatures were turned in the recall effort against Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls. Petitioners need 1047 valids. The issue was claims of unprofessional behavior. Alderman Ken Tutaj said he will run in a recall effort.

California: Calaveras County Supervisors hit with recall effort over pot ban

Supervisors Dennis Mills and Gary Tofanelli are facing recall efforts over their support for a cannabis ban, which passed by a 3-2 vote (the third vote was Clyde Clapp, who won his seat in a 2016 recall against Supervisor Steve Kearney). Supervisor Jack Garamendi is facing a recall effort over his support for the cannabis industry.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Nevada: Las Vegas City Councilman pleads guilty, resigns in face of recall effort

Councilman Ricki Barlow plead guilty to misusing campaign funds and resigned his seat. Barlow was facing a newly launched recall effort before his resignation.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

New Jersey: Mahwah Mayor facing new recall effort

Mayor Willaim Laforet is facing another recall effort following his opposition to an ordinance which bans non-New Jersey residents from using township parks, as well as an anti-Eruv ordinance. The law is allegedly aimed at Orthodox Jews from Rockland County in NY.  The state has filed civil rights suits against the town, and the Town Council effectively rescinded the ordinance.

Petitioners need 4150 signatures to get on the ballot.

California: Hanford Councilman recall set for January 23

Councilman Francisco Rodriguez is up for a vote this week

Oregon: Port of Brookings Commissioners facing recall effort

Commissioners Angi Christian, Jan Barbas, Roger Thompson and Andy Martin are facing recall efforts over the firing of the Port Manager. Roy Davis, the last commissioner, is supporting the recall. Petitioners require 856 signatures by April 16.

Michigan: Branch County Prosecutor facing recall effort

Prosecutor Ralph Kimble is facing a recall effort over a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him in October, as well as investigations into his conduct by the state Police and the Attorney General.

Petitioners need 2858 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Massachusetts: Stoughton Board Member kicked out in December recall running in next race

Former Selectman Peter Brown, who was ousted in a December recall, is now looking to run in an April town election.

Michigan: Albion Mayoral recall abandoned

The effort to recall Mayor Garrett Brown has been dropped by the petitioner.

Colorado River Indian Tribe Chairman and Council facing recall effort

Tribal Chairman Dennis Patch and the rest of the tribal council are facing recall efforts over a plan to lease the Tribes' Colorado River water allotment. Petitioners need 300 signatures by February 2.

Maine: York School Board member facing recall threat over firing of basketball/football coach

Board member Dick Bachelder is facing a recall petition over his alleged role in the firing of the school's football/basketball coach. Petitioners need 697 signatures to get on the ballot. Bachelder's term is up in May.

Colorado: Rockvale Mayor kicked out in recall; City Council resigns before recall vote

Mayor Dan Schlaak was kicked out in a recall 93-10, with Dave Barnes replacing him. The issues firing the town clerk, claims of misuse of funds from "Mudfest" and violation of the Sunshine Law.

Trustees Jaylene Lee, Garth Leonard and Linda Grueschow all resigned in the face of a recall. The replacements haven't been chosen yet.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Nevada: Las Vegas Councilman facing recall effort

Councilman Ricki Barlow is facing a recall effort following reports that the FBI is investigation kickbacks to his campaign fund. Petitioners would need at least 1132 signatures.

California: Yosemite Unified School District Board facing recall group

Here -- though the group seems to be just studying the situation

Michigan: Whitehall Councilwoman looking to be have city pay legal fees related to recall effort

Councilwoman Ellie Dennis is facing a recall effort over alleged violations of the Open Meetings Act from a secret vote that resulted in her gaining the Mayor Pro Tem role.

North Dakota: Washburn City Commission President survives recall

City Commission President Larry Thomas survived a recall vote 190-157 over Derek Laning. The issue was claims of an open meeting law violation and a hostile work environment.

California: Moreno Valley Councilwoman tossed out in 2014 recall facing new recall effort

Councilwoman Victoria Baca, who was removed in a 2014 recall but came back to beat her replacement LaDonna Jempson in 2016, is facing another recall effort. Baca's 2014 recall surrounded a political corruption investigation that results in a Councilman pleading guilty.

The latest recall is about campaign donations that Baca received from a developer that she worked for as a consultant.

Quechan Indian Tribe: Two members survive vote

Councilwoman Marsha Hill and Mark William White both survived votes. There were enough votes to meet the minimum threshold.

Alaska: Unalaska recall set for March 6

Mayor Frank Kelty is facing a March 6 vote over the land use agreement for the Unalaska Marine Center.

Michigan: Algonac Mayor petitions finally approved Election Commission

Petitions against Mayor Eileen Tesch were approved by the Election Commission on the second try. The issue appears to be a move to have signatures gatherers against two other councilmembers removed from a meeting. Those two councilmembers, Irene Bird and Joe Nugent, resigned before a November vote.

Petitioners need about 350 signatures.

California: Orange County DA seizes failed petitions against Newport Beach City Councilman over fraud claims

The D.A. is now checking the petitions that were turned in against Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter. The issue seems to be around a third party circulator. Petitioners just missed getting the recall against Peotter on the ballot -- handing in 10696, with 2357 withdrawn or thrown out.