Thursday, December 13, 2018

Rhode Island: Recalled Providence City Councilman sentenced to 18 months in jail for embezzlement

City Councilor Kevin Jackson, who was  kicked out in a recall in 2017 after being indicted for alleged theft from a local track and field club as well as misuse of campaign funds, was sentenced to 18 months for embezzlement after pleading no contest to the charges. Jackson was also sentenced to a concurrent year for campaign finance violations.

Massachusetts: Signatures verified in Fall River Mayor recall

4533 signatures were verified in the recall effort against Mayor Jasiel Correia II. Petitioners handed in nearly 6000 and needed 2510 valids. Correia, who was arrested on federal wire and tax fraud charges for defrauding investors, has also faced a city council no confidence vote.

Fall River recalled and removed Mayor Will Flanagan in 2014. Flanagan is a potential candidate in a recall race.

Colorado: Brush Councilwoman loses recall race

Councilwoman Jeanine Anderson lost her recall vote 117-11. The issue was complaints about alleged abusive behavior to other members of the government and the police

Lawrence Lundstrom won the replacement race over two other candidates, Glenda McNabb and Mark Thomas. Both McNabb and Thomas ran in 2017.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wisconsin: Abbotsford Mayor beats back recall rerun

Mayor Lori Voss beat back the recall effort against her, beating City Council President Brent Faber 192-136. Voss is facing a recall vote over the financial direction of the city. Faber led the recall effort and ran against Voss in 2017. The recall saw a higher turnout than in the original race.

California: Two ousted from Browns Elementary School Board of Trustees

Board Members Carrie Peterson (117-11) and Travis Barker (117-109) both lost a recall vote, with 42% turnout. Krysta Wanner and Corey Bridge won the replacement races.

The issue appeared to be insulting teacher during contract negotations, threatening to fire the teacher's association's lead negotator and creating a high-paid dual position which they allegedly filled with a "known colleague."

Louisiana: Lead petitioner against Lafayette City Marshall suing over retailation

The lead petitioner in the recall effort against Marshall Brian Pope, who had charges dismissed after being arrested by the City Marshall's office on 20-year old charges of bouncing $200 in checks, is now suing Pope for retaliation.

Pope is still facing a felony trial this year.

Ohio: Cleveland Councilman facing recall effort

Councilman Ken Johnson is being threatened with a recall effort over claims of misuse of public money.

Nevada: Las Vegas Councilman facing recall effort

Councilman Steve Seroka (D) is facing a recall effort over claims of an anti-development stance, specifically his opposition to developing homes on a golf course.

Former Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman (R) is supporting the recall effort and announced that she would run against Seroka. One of the construction unions that supported Seroka is backing the recall effort as well.

Petitioners need 1850 signatures (of voters who voted in Seroka's last election) by March 11.

California: Santa Clara Judge requests help paying off court-order attorneys' fees for his opponent

Judge Aaron Persky, who was ousted in the June recall, is looking for help in paying off his $135,000 debt from the recall proponents' attorneys fees.

Nebraska: Hamilton County Commissioner recall gets enough

Signatures were verified for the recall of Commissioner Gregg Kremer over claims by a former member of the County Ambulance Department that represents private interests. Petitioners handed in 353 signatures, got 318. They needed 227.

Washington: Judge tosses out petitions against three Olympia councilmembers

A judge threw out the recall effort against Mayor Cheryl Selby, Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Jones and Councilmember Jessica Bateman over claims that the city undercharges itself on stormwater rates while overcharging everyone else. Because Washington is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, the judge was called on to decide if there was a valid showing of cause.

North Dakota: Arnegard Mayor facing recall vote on March 11

Mayor Virginia Elliot will be up for a recall on March 11. Elliot has been on the council for more than 20 years and was previously mayor. She won the office again in June 34-31.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Massachusetts: Westport Treasurer facing recall effort

Treasurer Brad Brightman is facing recall threats after a vote to pay a consultant $65,000 to help balance the financial records. There is also a move to convert the Treasurer position from elective to appointed.

Maryland: Bowie Councilmember who faced recall effort earlier in the year resigns seat

Council member Courtney Glass, who faced a recall effort earlier this year, resigned her seat over health concerns and the need to move.

Texas: Signatures handed in against Rusk City Councilmen

Signatures were handed in against Councilman Ken Ferrara and Jan Pate over alleged "highly inappropriate comments to the city secretary" Rosalyn Brown by Ferrara. Ferrara has since apologized and was reprimanded by the council. 702 signatures were handed in against Ferrera and 701 against Pate. 637 valids are needed to get the recall on the ballot.

Mayor Angela Raiborn has backed the recall effort and the two councilmembers are suing.

Maine: Signatures handed in against Ogunquit Selectmen

Petitioners handed in 260 signatures against Selectmen Madeline Mooney, Charles Waite III and Robert Winn are facing recall petitions for their support of the town manager's decision to fire the Fire Chief.  They need 215 valids.

Wisconsin: Abbotsford Mayor facing recall vote today in rerun of 2017 election

Mayor Lori Voss is facing a recall vote over the financial direction of the city. City Council President Brent Faber led the recall effort and is running against Voss. Petitioner handed in 146 signatures. The to faced off in 2017, so this is a rerun.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Missouri: Mapaville Fire Protection District Board Member recall vote cancelled

Board Secretary Annette Acre was suppose to face an recall vote on election day after accusations of firing the former 33-year chief and trying to replace him with her son, as well as some other behavior (notably, the open records law violations. Petitioners handed in 641 signatures, they got 510 and needed 505.

A judge cancelled the election and the matter is still on appeal.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Arizona: Signatures handed in against Phoenix City Councilman

Petitioners handed in 2361 signatures for the recall of Phoenix City Council Michael Nowakowski (D). Petitioners need 1337 by December 27.

The recall is over a vote to study and potentially delay a light rail expansion. Nowakowski was previously threatened with a recall over same-sex marriage and transgender bathroom issues.

Petitioners need 1337 signatures by December 27.

Arizona: State Representative facing recall campaign over racial comments

State Representative David Stringer (R) is facing a potential recall campaign following a Prescott City Council 6-1 vote asking for his resignation over racially charged comments. This is not the first time that Stringer has been criticized for his racial comments -- the Governor and both parties have called for his resignation.

A recall cannot begin until the summer -- Stringer was just reelected and there is a six month grace period before a recall can begin.

Nebraska: York Mayor recall set for February 12

The recall of Mayor Orval Stahr over claims of intimidation and misbehavior has been set for February 12.  Petitioners submitted 1326 signatures and got 1214 verified. They needed 1149 signatures. Any replacement would be appointed by the council.

Council member Diane Wolfe led the recall effort.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Minnesota: Discussion over Crookston Recall Charter

The charter doesn't have a recall procedure, though a number of people have asked about it.

Michigan: Split verdict in Fairbanks and Garden Township Supervisors

Fairbanks Township Clerk Kathryn Denholm (R) defeated Jim Peasley (NPA) 112-82, Supervisor Ronald Collins (R) won 101-97 over Dan Dalgord (R), but Trustee James Dalgord (D) lost tp Penny McKay (NPA) 101-95.

Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow (D) lost to Richard Pichette (R) 270-184. The recall  was over the construction of right-of-way electric lines.

A recount is set to take place for Supervisor Ron Collins' recall -- Collins won 101 votes and Dan Dalgord got 97.

Wisconsin: Flambeau School Board members facing another recall effort

Another recall petition was filed against school board President Sam Stewart and clerk Danielle Zimmer over claims of disrespectful comments and a host of other complaints.

In July, petitioners handed in 481-482 signatures, but the petition was thrown out for improper documentation. That recall also included  Patrick Anderson.

Nebraska: Signatures handed in against Hamilton County Commissioner

Signatures were handed in for the recall of Commissioner Gregg Kremer over claims by a former member of the County Ambulance Department that ht represents private interests. Petitioners need 227 signatures to get on the ballot.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

California: Victorville Councilwoman recall fails

Petitioners failed to turn in any signatures against Councilwoman Blanca Gomez. They needed about 9880 signatures.

The recall was over Gomez's Facebook Live video of the open casket for Hesperia Mayor Russ Blewett as well as other videos such as a homeless shelter and a sanctuary city meeting.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Michigan: Split verdict in three Ross Township officials over medical marijuana zoning vote

Trustee Sidney Durham lost his seat (1323-1182) to Mike Sulka, while Treasurer Cynthia Genung (1400-1069) beat Christian Chonjnowski and trustee Diana Langshaw (1254-1236) beat Michael Bekes. 

The recall was over an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana processors and growers in an industrial district. The bill was later reversed.

Washington: Seattle City Council President facing recall threats

City Council President Bruce Harrell is facing recall threats over Open Public Meeting Act claims regarding the city council's reaction to sex abuse allegations against former Mayor Ed Murray. Washington is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so there needs to be a showing for cause.

New Jersey: Discussion of recall of Governor

The article doesn't really have an information of a real recall threat, but notes that any petitioners would need 1.4 million signatures to get a recall on the ballot.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Idaho: Signatures handed in against Dalton Gardens Mayor and four council members

Mayor Steve Roberge and council members Denise Lundy, Joe Myers, Jamie Smith and Scott Jordan are all facing potential recalls. Petitioners handed in 420 signatures -- they need 311 to get on the ballot. The issue is development/building  deal.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Nebraska: Signatures verified in York Mayor recall

Signatures have been verified in the recall of Mayor Orval Stahr over claims of intimidation and misbehavior.  Petitioners submitted 1326 signatures and got 1214 verified. They needed 1149 signatures. Any replacement would be appointed by the council.

Council member Diane Wolfe is leading the recall effort.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Navajo Nation Council looks to lower signature amounts for recalls

The Council want to go from 60% of turnout to 45%.

Update: The bill was approved

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Council member ousted

Council member Shanna Renae Wemigwase was removed 414-300. The council will appoint a replacement. The issue was an arrest on a domestic violence charge.

New Jersey: Atlantic City Mayor, City Councilman facing recall threats over night club fight

Well, they're not just getting ready for a rumble on the promenade -- Mayor Frank Gilliam (D) and Councilman-at-large Jeffree Fauntleroy II (D) are facing recall threats over an alleged assault at a night club. The Atlantic City Democratic Committee voted 27-3 to asked the two to go on a leave without pay until an investigation is conducted and have asked the Governor to intervene. Petitioners would need 5736 signatures to get on the ballot.

Texas: Appointment made to fill Groves Councilman seat following recall

Chris Borne was appointed to fill the position opened up by the recall of Councilman Cross Coburn. The vote was 3-1.

Michigan: Fourth times the charm, as language against Jackson County Sheriff finally approved

After three failed attempts, the language/clarity issues have been overcome and petitions have been approved against Sheriff Steven Rand over audio recordings and alleged bigoted behavior. Petitioners would need over 15213 signatures to get on the ballot.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

California: Los Pinos Fire Protection District Board facing recall threats

Following the firing of the deputy fire chief, the five member board -- James Brown, Kirk Becker, Paul Blocker, Mark Williams and Frank Weis -- are facing recall petitions. The Deputy Chief claims that he was fired in retaliation for bringing up ethical and potential fraud issues regarding the fire chief.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Michigan: Elbridge Township Clerk facing recall petition

Township Clerk Stephanie Van Sickle is facing a second recall attempt over the claim that she attempted to put a fire apparatus millage for the Walkerville Fire Department without the Township Board's approval. The first petition was rejected due to clarity concerns.

Canada: Student VP in Ontario's Brock University facing recall effort

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Idaho: Bovill Mayor facing third recall attempt

Mayor Sam Walker is facing the third petition to recall him this year over claims of unprofessional behavior and assuming a "position of absolute control." Walker claims the issue is enforcing building codes with a local winery. Walker became mayor in May after replacing the Mike Porter, who moved out of town. Walker claims that he faced recall efforts last year when he was a city councilor. The first recall attempt failed because it was within the 90 day grace period of appointment. The second went to a judge before being withdrawn.

Former City Councilor (and Walker's next door neighbor) Lonnie Olson led the petitioning. There's a bit of other colorful references to Walker claiming that Olson threatened to fight him and flipped him off.  It is not clear exactly how many signatures are needed. though the number is 20% of registered voters in 75 days.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Massachusetts: Petitioners hand in nearly 6000 signatures in Fall River Mayor recall

Petitioners handed in almost 6000 signatures in the recall effort against Mayor Jasiel Correia II. They need 2510 valids. Correia, who was arrested on federal wire and tax fraud charges for defrauding investors, has also faced a city council no confidence vote.

Fall River recalled and removed Mayor Will Flanagan in 2014. Flanagan is a potential candidate in a recall race.

California: Reversal of Fortune in Hanford -- Councilmember kicked out in January recall wins back seat

City Council member Francisco Ramirez, who was tossed out with 61.6% against him (234-146) in Januuary and replaced by Diane Sharp in a four person race, is back. Ramirez appears to have defeated Sharp, though all the numbers are not in -- something like 3 times the number of votes were cast in the November elections.

Ramirez was recalled over allegations that his misled voters about his academic credentials and violated campaign spending laws.

California: Petitioners say that Victorville Councilwoman recall effort will fall short

Petitioners acknowledged that the recall effort against Councilwoman Blanca Gomez will fall short. Petitioners claim that they collected about 3000 of the 9405 signatures needed to get on the ballot.

The recall was over Gomez's Facebook Live video of the open casket for Hesperia Mayor Russ Blewett as well as other videos such as a homeless shelter and a sanctuary city meeting.

Of note is this criticism of potential signers by Bob Harriman, one of the lead petitioners:
“Everybody is so lazy. If we’re set up for signatures, they’ll drive by, honk their horns, whatever, but nobody wants to stop by and sign anything,” Harriman said. “So we came to the conclusion that we were going to have to pay canvassers.”

Nebraska: Signatures handed in against York Mayor

Petitioners handed in signatures for the recall of Mayor Orval Stahr over claims of intimidation and misbehavior. Council member Diane Wolfe is leading the recall effort. Petitioners would need 1149 signatures (35% of turnout in the last race) in 30 days to get on the ballot. Any replacement would be appointed by the council.

The county clerk is verifying the petitions.

Arizona: Leader of Phoenix City Councilman recall effort claims his company contacted about his recall work

Sean Sweat, the leader of the recall of Phoenix City Council Michael Nowakowski (D), claims that somebody contacted his employer over the recall effort.

The recall is over a vote to study and potentially delay a light rail expansion. Nowakowski was previously threatened with a recall over same-sex marriage and transgender bathroom issues.

Petitioners need 1337 signatures by December 27.

UK: Prosecutor looking into claims of violations of predicting outcome of recall effort against MP Paisley

A public prosecutor is looking into violations of the rules in the the recall attempt against MP Ian Paisley. The petitioners missed the signature attempt by 444 signatures. They needed 7500. Two of the supporters of the recall effort are accused of forecasting of prediction the outcome or publishing a statement that they signed the petition. One posted on social media that they signed the petition, the other posted a video calling on people to sign.

Paisley was suspended and criticized after receiving unreported all-expense paid vacations to Sri Lanka.

Massachusetts: Milford Selectman fails with no signatures handed in

The recall effort against Selectman William Kingkade Jr. failed, with no signatures handed in.

The issue was a vote to not renew the police chief's contract as well as a single care crash that he was in. Petitioners need about 3700 signatures to get on the ballot. They claimed to have gotten about 2000.

Texas: Recalled Groves Councilman sues to overturn recall vote claiming fraud in petitioning process

Councilman Cross Coburn, who was kicked out in a recall on Election Day, is suing to overturn the vote. Coburn is claiming that there was fraud in the petitioning process.

The recall began after nude photos of him were sent to the media. Coburn is both 19 and openly gay. Coburn blames city government members for the leak of the pictures (the Mayor signed the recall petition).

California: Second Alameda Councilmember expected to face recall effort

The recall effort against Council member Malia Vella is proceeding, despite the success of the progressive faction that Vella belongs to in the November election. There is also talk of a recall against Council member Jim Oddie, who won in November (that recall cannot start until the waiting period ends for newly elected officials). The Democratic Party has already denounced the move.

The recall is over  the dismissal of the City Manager. There are accusations that the City Manager was being pressured to hire a fire chief backed by the firefighters' union. The City Manager secretly recorded a conversation with Vella and another council member claiming that they improperly pushed for a different fire chief.

Petitioners need 9421 signatures to get on the ballot.

Massachusetts: Dighton Selectwoman fails -- misses by 19 signatures

The petition to recall Selectwoman Nancy Goulart failed. Petitioners handed in 810 signatures, and needed 804 valids to get on the ballot. They received 785 valids.

Two other selectmen signed the petition to recall Goulart. The issue is complaints of unprofessional behavior and poor treatment of employees.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Wisconsin: Couderay President resigns rather than face recall vote

President Brian Schmuggerow resigned rather than face a recall election. The issue seems to be a fight over the fire department -- Schmuggerow won office by one vote in 2017.

Florida: Madiera Beach approves charter amendment banning city attorney from representing elected official facing recall elections

The city passed a charter amendment prohibiting "city's attorney or law firm from personally representing an elected official facing a recall election or a state Commission on Ethics charge."

California: Milpitas Mayor demands councilmember resign or face recall over campaign mailer

Council member Anthony Phan is facing a recall threat from Mayor Rich Tran over a campaign mailer that Phan sent out claiming that Tran was a communist.

Michigan: Petition language against Jackson County Sheriff rejected for the third time

The third time's not the charm, as language/clarity issues has stopped the latest attempt to get a recall going against Sheriff Steven Rand over audio recordings and alleged bigoted behavior. Petitioners would need over 13000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Massachusetts: Signatures handed in against Dighton Selectwoman

Petitioners handed in 810 signatures against Selectwoman Nancy Goulart. Petitioners need 804 valids to get on the ballot. Two other selectmen signed the petition to recall Goulart.

The issue is complaints of unprofessional behavior and poor treatment of employees.

Washington: Three Olympia councilmembers facing recall threats over stormwater rates

Mayor Cheryl Selby, Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Jones and Councilmember Jessica Bateman over claims that the city undercharges itself on stormwater rates while overcharging everyone else. Because Washington is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, there needs to be showing of cause and approval by a superior court judge.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

California: Seaside Councilwoman resigns following signature submission

Councilwoman Kayla Jones will resign in the face of a recall effort. Jones just lost in her push for the open mayor seat. The recall was over Jones' filing for childcare and travel expenses. She also did not come to a meeting after claiming to be sexually harassed by other members. An investigation found no evidence.

Petitioners handed in 49 signatures for her recall.

California: Congressman Jeff Denham, who survived a recall vote as a state Senator, loses reelection race

Denham survived a recall in 2008, when the Democrats were trying to gain a supermajority in the state Senate.

California: Republicans loses State Senate seat, depriving them of the blocking 1/3rd vote from the Newman recall

In June, the GOP managed to recall and remove State Senator Josh Newman (D) over a gas tax issue, as well as a desire to deprive the Democrats of a 2/3rds Supermajority in the Senate. Thanks to the General election results, Democrats have regained their Supermajority.

A similar thing happened in Wisconsin in 2012, when the Democrats ousted a state Senator in the  recalls in June and gain a majority in the state Senate only to lose it in the November election.

Texas: Bedford Mayor facing recall efforts

Petitioners have taken the first step forward in submitting affidavits to recall Mayor Jim Griffin over his support for more apartments in Bedford. They would need 1584 signatures by the middle of December. No word if petitions were also taken out as threatened against Councilmembers Roger Fisher, Roy Turner and Rusty Sarter.

Massachusetts: Petitioners claims to have sufficient signatures in Fall River Mayor recall run

Petitioners claim they have more than 2510 signatures to get a recall of Mayor Jasiel Correia II on the ballot. They are looking to get over 4000. Correia, who was arrested on federal wire and tax fraud charges for defrauding investors, has also faced a city council no confidence vote.

Fall River recalled and removed Mayor Will Flanagan in 2014. Flanagan is a potential candidate in a recall race.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Michigan: Split result in Leoni Township recalls

Supervisor Howard Linnabary (R) survived a recall vote 2239-1610-1384, while Clerk Michele Manke (D) lost to Mark Carpenter (R) 2696-2071-487 for a third party candidate and Treasurer Lori Stack (D) lost to Patrick Clemente (R) 2905-2248.. The issue was their vote that allowed for a percentage of the $5000 administrative fee for medical marijuana applications to go to directly to the seven board members for the extra work they did in approving the applications. The law has since been changed

Michigan: Four Inverness Township Board Members kicked out

Clerk Jean Bethem, Treasurer Kathy Spray and Trustees Bernie Schramm and Timothy Borowics were all removed in a recall vote over a failed development project. They were replaced by Lisa Porter, Johanna Pluszcynski, Rodney Lahaie and Greg Elliot. The recall succeeded by a 2-1 vote.

Michigan: Split result in London Township officials recall

Supervisor Gary Taepke (R) survived a recall vote, beating former Trustee William Eaddy 648-6000. Trustee Richard Horn (R) lost his vote to Penny Turner.

Taepke's recall was over support of a medical marijuana ordinance as well as the enforcement of other ordinances in the area. Horn was over the other ordinance (a vote against allowing the road commission to apply brine to local roads).

Another official, Clerk Larry Lee, was also targeted, but he retired and moved.

Ohio: Huber Heights Councilwoman loses recall vote

Councilwoman Janell Smith lost her recall vote 59-41% . The council will fill the position. Smith had previously been hit with a censure measure which the Council approved (one abstention and Smith voting no.

The recall issue was is about information that Smith alleged to have not given the council about a city water pressure project.

Smith's son was also charged with misdemeanor assault for pushing away someone who approached his mother during campaigning.

Oregon: Shady Cove Councilor resigns after recall ballots mailed out

City Councilor Linda Kristich resigned as ballots were being mailed out for her recall vote over claims that she represented her own interests. The city is still looking to count the votes from the mailed-out ballots.

Michigan: Split decision in Williamston School Board Members recall; one ousted, three survive vote over gender identity policy

School Board President Greg Talberg lost his recall race to Karen Potter, 2711-2653, while board members Sarah Belander, Nancy Deal and Christopher Lewis all survived their vote with 57% in their favor.

The issue was a vote for a policy that requires schools to accept the gender identity assertion of each student. Petitioners are claiming that the issue is that the policy doesn't guarantee informing parents.

Wisconsin: Trempealeau County former Assistant District Attorney wins replacement race in recall

Former ADA John Sacia (D), who beat District Attorney Taavi McMahon in the primary portion of McMahon's recall election, defeated Rick Niemeyer in the general election portion, 6375-5663.

Sacia beat McMahon, who was ousted in a recall after he suspended an employee for refusing to attend the Jackson County DA's funeral as well as claims of prosecutorial failures, 2244-450. McMahon suspended Sacia after he announced he was running to replace McMahon.

The county board has sought McMahon's resignation. McMahon has been on leave since May 9. McMahon's supporters claim the issue is a debate over new views of criminal justice reform. One of the lead petitioners is the Osseo Police Department Chief.

The recall became a two-parter once Niemeyer, a candidate from the other party, entered the race.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Michigan: Four Saugatuck Township ousted in recall election

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.

Texas: Groves Councilman loses recall vote

Councilman Cross Coburn was kicked out in a recall vote 2071-1138.  The recall began after nude photos of him were sent to the media. Coburn is both 19 and openly gay. Coburn blames city government members for the leak of the pictures (the Mayor signed the recall petition).

Michigan: Calumet President and Trustee survive recall vote

President Dave Geisler survived a recall vote 141-92 over complaints of providing false financial records. Trustee Virginia Dwyer survived 96-76-50. Her recall was over the issue was a vote over opting-in to the state's marijuana law

Michigan: Britton Deerfield School Board members kicked out

Board Members Ben Allhouse, Yvonne Thomas, Brian Bartush and Doug Mayher Jr. all were kicked out of office. The issue was the refusal to renew a contract for a high school principal and Open Meeting Act violations.

Allhouse lost to Linda Wielfaert, with another contender (Matt Perkins) finishing second, 690-451-233.

Bartush lost to Jim Mueller, with Marcie VanBlack finishing second, 563-551-266.

Mayher lost to Cassandra Kormos, with Lee Hoffman finishing second, 610-574-181

Thomas lost to Jamie Logan and Shannon Miller finished second, 575-547-222.

Michigan: Four Tecumseh School Board members kicked out in recall

School board Vice President Steven Linn, treasurer Kimberly Amstutz-Wild, Secretary Debbie-Johnson-Berges and member Jim Rice were all kicked out of office over violations of the Open Meetings Act as well as other complaints. Amstutz-Wild lost to Suzanne Moore 4257-2700; Linn lost to Milton Abbott, 4114-2775; Johnson-Berges lost to McNamara, 4281-2639 and Rice lost to Kevin Johnson 4117-2903.

The  recall organizers won three other open seats.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New Jersey: Mahwah Mayor kicked out in recall rerun

Mayor Bill Laforet lost his recall race 4356-3426 to John Roth, who had lost to Laforet in 2016 by 92 votes.  The issue was Laforet's backing and then moving away from an ordinance which bans non-New Jersey residents from using township parks, as well as an anti-Eruv ordinance. Both of the laws are allegedly aimed at Orthodox Jews and the city has been accused of anti-semitism and discrimination. The state has filed civil rights suits against the town, and the Town Council effectively rescinded the ordinance.

Laforet has been the subject of two no-confidence votes in three years.

Laforet is the first New Jersey official to be recalled and removed since 2011.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Massachusetts: Milford Selectman facing recall effort

Selectman William Kingkade Jr. is facing a recall effort over a vote to not renew the police chief's contract as well as a single care crash that he was in. Petitioners need about 3700 signatures to get on the ballot.

Montana: Tracy City Councilman who survives recall running for mayor

Councilman Tony Peterson, who survived a recall vote over alleged bullying of city employees, is now running for Mayor.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Arkansas: NorthWest Arkansas Democrat Gazette endorses potential statewide recall law

Here's an editorial in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette discussing a push to expand recalls to the state legislatures -- though calling for a malfeasance standard recall. In 2009, the state allowed for recalls in Mayor-Council jurisdictions. In 2012, there were a spate of mayoral recalls, but we haven't seen any since.


Canada: British Columbia MLA facing recall effort

MLA Rich Coleman is facing a recall effort by an unknown group over a casino money laundering scandal. Coleman was responsible for gaming. $100 million were alleged to have "flowed through B.C. casinos." Coleman was previously targeted with a recall in 1998, but it went nowhere.

Ohio: Kent to vote on changes in recall law

Kent voters will be asked to change their recall law with a vote on Issue 16 -- the changes include upping the signature amount for recalls to 25% of turnout in the last presidential election and require a stated cause of action. Kent was the site of a 2009 recall against five councilmembers (all survived). Apparently, there are some debates on an Ohio Supreme Court decision which prevents signature requirements from being tied to registered voters. The City Council voted in favor of the change 8-1.

Texas: Rusk City Council member facing recall talk over inappropriate comments

Councilmember Ken Ferrara is facing recall threats over alleged "highly inappropriate comments to the city secretary" Rosalyn Brown. Ferrara has since apologized and was reprimanded by the council.

California: Group threatens Attorney General with recall if gas tax repeal fails

Conservative radio host Carl DeMaio is threatening to launch a recall of Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) if Proposition 6, the repeal of a gas tax increase, fails. DeMaio was a leader of the successful recall effort against State Senator Josh Newman. It is not clear how many signatures a recall of Becerra would take, but there is a great chance that it would be more than any recall has ever needed to get on the ballot in US history. (It would be 12% of turnout in the November election, which is likely to be higher than the 2002 Gubernatorial election that set the number for Gray Davis).

Colorado: Williamsburg Mayor resigns before recall vote

Mayor Jerry Farringer, who is facing a recall over embezzlement claims following a vote to vacate a dead-end alley owned by the town that was then given to neighboring property owners, resigned on October 18 before the vote.

Trustees Robert Busetti and Forrest Borre are still facing a recall effort. Farringer allegedly signed the document before he was sworn in. The recall is a two step (vote up or down on whether to remove the officials, then select a replacement). Busetti's replacement race is between Barbara Cameron and Michael Pearcey. Borre would be replaced by Vikki Covington.

Trustee Eva Mares is one of the leaders of the recall effort. Trustee Steven Ricotta, who is married to the town clerk who approved the petitions, is allegedly a potential beneficiary of the property vote, is up for a regular election that day. The elected officials had suggest that jealous over term length (Mares and Ricotta have only 2 year terms, the rest have 4 year terms) is a motivating factor for the recall.

Michigan: Algonac Mayoral recall on Election Day ballot, facing two challengers

Mayor Eileen Tesch is facing Helen Meldrum and Lori Warner on the Election Day Recall. Meldrum previously served on the city council for 12 years. The recall is over 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.

Michigan: Leoni Township recalls set to go on Election Day

Supervisor Howard Linnabary (R), Clerk Michele Manke (D) and Treasurer Lori Stack (D) will all be on the ballot over their vote that allowed for a percentage of the $5000 administrative fee for medical marijuana applications to go to directly to the seven board members for the extra work they did in approving the applications. The law has since been changed.

Two challengers, Steven Casselman (D) and Dan Gough (no party) are challenging Linabary; Manke is facing Mark Carpenter (R) and Izzy Medel (no party) and Patrick Clemente (R) is facing off against Stack.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Canada: British Columbia government to consider legislation banning corporate and union donations to recall campaigns

The current B.C. law has no spending restrictions on recalls, so this will put the same restrictions as exist for general elections ($1200 donation limit, not union or corporate donations). This ould take place just before the MLAs who won off in May 2017 can face recall efforts. Three of them, Rich Coleman, Darryl Piecas and Attorney General David Eby are all facing recall efforts.

Wisconsin's recall law had a similar disparity between regular campaign finance laws and those affecting recalls. Washington State has a similar law going the other - a much tighter restriction on donations.

The piece also mentions that there have been 26 recall petitions in B.C. history. Six submitted signatures and five of those failed. A recall effort against MLA Paul Reitsma (NDP) in 1999 had enough signatures, but he resigned before verification.

Wisconsin: Paris Board member who survived 2016 recall vote not running for reelection

Supervisor Ron Kammerzelt, who survived a 2016 recall vote and then won again in 2017, has announced that he won't run for reelection.

California: Former Santa Clara Judge ordered to pay opponents attorneys' fees in recall fight

Judge Aaron Persky, who was kicked out in the June recall, was ordered to pay $161,825 in attorneys's fees over his lawsuit over who should handle the recall effort (Persky argued that the Secretary of State rather than the local county Registrar of Voters was responsible to handle the recall, and that his replacement should be appointed rather than elected. He lost both arguments). The fee payment is part of a statute calling for reimbursement if the case enforces 'an important right affecting the public interest.'"

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Maine: Ogunquit Selectmen facing petitions

Selectmen Madeline Mooney, Charles Waite III and Robert Winn are facing recall petitions for their support of the town manager's decision to fire the Fire Chief. Petitioners had to submit 50 signatures, which they seem to have done. They are now looking as to what the full signature amount needs to be -- will it be based on the voter totals for the district from the 2014 gubernatorial election or the 2018 one. The reason for the questions are because the petitions will be circulating after election day.

Update: The Fire Chief has since filed a lawsuit.

Ohio: Huber Heights Councilwoman hit with censure motion before Election Day recall vote

Councilwoman Janell Smith, who is facing a recall vote on Election Day , has now been hit with a censure measure which the Council approved (one abstention and Smith voting no. The issue was is about information that Smith alleged to have not given the council about a city water pressure project.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Louisiana: St. Martinville Councilman recalll misses by 10 signatures

The petition against Councilman Dennis Paul Williams failed by 10 signatures. The recall was over claims that he is not available enough and has his own personal agenda. Petitioners need 347 signatures by October 1. They handed in 428 signatures buy had 91 kicked off.

Michigan: Arcadia Township Treasurer facing November 6 vote

Treasurer Debbra Eckhout is facing a recall vote over an audit that found deficiencies or material weakness in the township's internal controls. Melanie Cedarholm is running against her in the recall race.

Michigan: Three Ross Township officials on the ballot on Election Day over medical marijuana zoning vote

The recalls of Treasurer Cynthia Genung and Trustees Sidney Durham and Diana Langshaw are on the ballot in November over their votes in favor of an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana processors and growers in an industrial district. The bill was later reversed.

Washington: Judge approves Kennewick Council recall effort

The recall effort against Council member/former Mayor Steve Young has been approved by a Benton County Superior Court Judge for over the charge of violating Washington's Fair Campaign Practices Act (6 other claims were tossed).  Young has said that he will be appealing to the Supreme Court.

The language of the ballot would read "forwarding an email that can be interpreted as soliciting from a city of Kennewick employee a contribution on behalf of Dan Newhouse." Newhouse is Congressman Dan Newhouse (R).

Washington is a malfeasance standard/Judicial recall state, so the courts needed to way in on whether the recall meets the for cause requirement.

Petitioners need about 2675 signatures to get on the ballot.

Oregon: Lake County DA resigns after signatures are handed in

District Attorney Sharon Forster resigned after 732 signatures were handed in for her recall. Petitioners needed 480 valids. Petitioners claimed that Forster was out of the office too often and that she has blocked Lake County's only elected judge from presiding over criminal cases. The replacement will be appointed.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Nevada: Audit claims that recall petitions against State Senatorswshould have failed under more effective sampling methodology

A new State Audit report claims that the petitions against state Senators Nicole Cannizzaro and Joyce Woodhouse would have failed earlier if the state had used a different sampling methodology that is used in Oregon.

New Jersey: Op-Ed on Mahwah Mayoral Recall

Here's an op-ed that I wrote on the Mahwah Mayoral Recall, which includes some details about New Jersey's use of the recall in recent years.

Missouri: Independence Council member facing petitions

Council member Tom Van Camp has been hit with a recall petition over travel costs and the plan for a solar farm at former golf club, which the city acquired. Petitioners would need about 1300 signatures. It seems that April 2019 would be the next election where he could actually face a vote.

Michigan: Algonac ready for Mayoral Recall on Election Day

Mayor Eileen Tesch is up for a recall on Election Day over the 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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Oregon: Lake County DA facing recall effort

District Attorney Sharon Forster is facing a recall over claims that she is out of the office too often and that she has blocked Lake County's only elected judge from presiding over criminal cases. Petitioners need 480 signatures in 90 days.

Colorado: Boulder proposed changes to recall signature law

Here -- it would make the same signature requirements for initiatives, referendums and recall 10% of the average number of people who voted in the last election.

Illinois: Wheeling Village President Recall effort failed

Petitioners failed to get enough signatures to Village President Pat Horcher over claims of incompetence and that he is not paying a "fair share" of property taxes on his farm. Petitioners needed 744 signatures (33% of turnout), they claim to have gotten 450. The petitioner backed the former Village President in his 2017 reelection bid, which was lost to Horcher.

California: Crestline Mayor facing recall over racial slurs; says he plans to resign

Mayor Allen Moore is facing a recall threat after being shown using racial slurs on a body camera video taken by the Police Chief. Moore said he will resign by the end of the week.

Wisconsin: Flambeau School Board members recall thrown out

The recall effort against School Board Members Patrick Anderson, Sam Stewart and Danielle Zimmer are facing recall threats over claims of disrespectful comments and a host of other complaints. Petitioners handed in 481-482 signatures, but the petition was thrown out for improper documentation.

Louisiana: Turkey Creek Mayor-elect facing recall effort over claims that he does not live in city

Mayor-elect Phillip Cavins, who ran unopposed and is going to be sworn in on January 1 is alleged to live outside the village. Some residents are pushing for him not to assume office and others are claiming that they will launch a recall once he is sworn in.

Oregon: Portland Mayor facing recall effort from right wing group

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) is facing a recall effort over a new ordinance which would regulate protests. The leader of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group is leading the effort. The petitioners would need 35925 signatures, though that number (which is based on 15% of turnout in the gubentorial race in the city) will change after the November election.

North Carolina: Winston-Salem City Council charter changes for filling council vacancies compared to recalls

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Wisconsin: Beaver Dam Mayor effort fails

The recall effort against Mayor Becky Glewen failed, with petitioners not handing in any signatures by the deadline (they needed about 1484).The effort was led by former Alderwoman Mary Flaherty, who lost in the spring by four votes. Flaherty listed a kitchen sink of complaints about taxes and spending.

Michigan: London Township officials recall makes the ballot

Supervisor Gary Taepke (R) and Trustee Richard Horn (R) are up for a recall vote on November 6. Taepke is facing the recall over  support of a medical marijuana ordinance as well as the enforcement of other ordinances in the area. Horn is over the other ordinance (a vote against allowing the road commission to apply brine to local roads). Taepke is facing former Trustee William H. Eaddy (D) and Horn is facing Penny Turner (D). Another official, Clerk Larry Lee, was also targeted, but he retired and moved.

Petitioners handed in 311-312 signatures. They needed 250.

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Jasiel Correia II, who was arrested on federal wire and tax fraud charges for defrauding investors, is facing a recall attempt. Petitioners would need more than 2510 signatures in 20 days to get on the ballot.

Fall River recalled and removed Mayor Will Flanagan in 2014.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Colorado: Dolores School Board member survives recall vote

Vangi McCoy survived a recall vote 485-358 (57.53% in favor).  The issue appears to be claims that the school has dropped in rankings. Board President Dee Prock earlier resigned rather than face the recall vote.

While the replacement race didn't matter, the two candidates actually received the same number of votes. Keith Moore and Joe Warren Reed both ended up with 208 votes.

Turnout was 30% with an estimated cost of $7500.

Eastern Band Cherokee looking to adopt new Constitution with recall provision

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Colorado: Three candidates announce for replacement race against Brush Councilwoman

Three candidates, Glenda McNabb, Mark Thomas and Lawrence Lundstrom, have gotten into the race to replace Councilwoman Jeanine Anderson will be facing a December 11 recall vote over complaints about alleged abusive behavior to other members of the government and the police.

The election will be a two-step one -- an up or down vote on Anderson and and a replacement race that takes place at the same time. McNabb and Thomas ran in 2017.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Michigan: Petition language against Jackson County Sheriff rejected

Language/clarity issues has stopped the latest attempt to get a recall going against Sheriff Steven Rand over audio recordings and alleged bigoted behavior. Petitioners would need over 13000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Ohio: Second recall attempt against Cleveland Councilman fails to meet initial signature requirements

Petitioners failed to submit enough signatures to get the second recall against Councilman Basheer Jones started. The first effort did not hand in signatures.

The recall is presumed to have been started by supporters of former Councilman T. Dow, who lost to Jones by 13 votes last year. The first effort did not turn in signatures. Petitioners need 676 signatures -- the reason for the recall is threats that Jones allegedly made to businesses and questions about residency. The earlier attempt led to moves to tighten recall laws.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Michigan: Jackson County Sheriff facing threats of removal

Sheriff Steven Rand is still facing an attempt at removal, with the father of a lieutenant who's suing Rand filing petition language. Petitioners would need over 13000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Rand has faced calls for resignation over audio recordings and alleged bigoted behavior.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Leader of Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky recall opens Super-PAC on sexual violence issues

Mother Jones' has the interview with Stanford Professor Michele Dauber

Texas: Judges greenlights Groves Councilman recall

Councilman Cross Coburn attempt to have the recall thrown out was rejected by a judge. The recall will take place on Election Day.

The recall began after nude photos of him were sent to the media. Coburn is both 19 and openly gay. Coburn blames city government members for the leak of the pictures (the Mayor signed the recall petition). Petitioners handed in over 900 valid signatures in two stages. They needed 893.

Wisconsin: Big Bend Village Board Trustee survives recall vote

Trustee Jeff Goodman survived a recall vote 222-150 for Trenton Sobczak. The issue was a dispute about entering fire and water contract negotiations without the village president or clerk/treasurer present.  Turnout was about 45%.

Wisconsin: Trempealeau County District Attorney loses recall race

District Attorney Taavi McMahon (D) was ousted in a recall after he suspended an employee for refusing to attend the Jackson County DA's funeral as well as claims of prosecutorial failures. The county board has sought his resignation. McMahon has been on leave since May 9. McMahon's supporters claim the issue is a debate over new views of criminal justice reform. One of the lead petitioners is the Osseo Police Department Chief.

The recall became a two-parter once a third candidate, from the other party, entered the race.

Former ADA John Sacia (D), who McMahon suspended after he announced he was running, won the race 2244-450. Sacia is now facing Republican Rick Niemeyer in the general election.

Missouri: One recall effort against St. Louis Councilman thrown out; Another is still live

One effort to recall Councilman Ernie Trakas (R) was tossed out by a judge who said that Trakas did not violate the county charter by working as an attorney for school districts.

He is still facing another effort, which he has blamed 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.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Washington: Judge holding up Kennewick Council recall effort

A Benton County Superior Court Judge has delayed a decision on the recall of Council member/former Mayor Steve Young. The Judge had previously tossed out six of the seven charges over a lawsuit Young lost, but did approve the charge of violating Washington's Fair Campaign Practices Act. The language of the ballot would read "forwarding an email that can be interpreted as soliciting from a city of Kennewick employee a contribution on behalf of Dan Newhouse." Newhouse is Congressman Dan Newhouse (R).

Washington is a malfeasance standard/Judicial recall state, so the courts needed to way in on whether the recall meets the for cause requirement.

Petitioners need about 2675 signatures to get on the ballot.

Illinois: Signature gathering taking place in Wheeling Village President

Petitioners claim to have gathered 450 signatures in the recall of Village President Pat Horcher over claims of incompetence and that he is not paying a "fair share" of property taxes on his farm. Petitioners would need 744 signatures (33% of turnout). The petitioner backed the former Village President in his 2017 reelection bid, which was lost to Horcher.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

UK: Recall of MP Paisley fails due to signature issue

The recall attempt against MP Ian Paisley failed, as petitioners missed the signature attempt by 444 signatures. They needed 7500.

Paisley was suspended and criticized after receiving unreported all-expense paid vacations to Sri Lanka.

Colorado: Englewood Councilmember survives recall vote

Councilmember Laurett Barrentine survived her recall vote 734-688. The recall was over claims of bullying and firing threats. Petitioners, which included two former mayors.

Texas: Forest Hill Councilwoman recall tossed out by judge

The recall attempt against Councilwoman Stephanie Boardingham has been tossed out by a district court judge who ruled that the petition did not give specific reason enough reasons for the recall and that the petition was not sent to the city council but to the city itself.-- 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. Petitioners handed in 322 signatures.

The lead petitioner is former Mayor Geralf Joubert, who was elected to the city council. There is also an investigation into whether Joubert actually witnessed the signatures on the petition.

Illinois: Wheeling Village President facing recall effort

Village President Pat Horcher is facing a recall effort over claims of incompetence and that he is not paying a "fair share" of property taxes on his farm. Petitioners would need 744 signatures (33% of turnout). The petitioner backed the former Village President in his 2017 reelection bid, which was lost to Horcher.

Nebraska: York Mayor puts forward defense statement against recall effort

Mayor Orval Stahr submitted a defense to the recall effort over claims of intimidation and misbehavior. Council member Diane Wolfe is leading the recall effort. Petitioners would need 1150 signatures (35% of turnout in the last race) in 30 days to get on the ballot. Any replacement would be appointed by the council.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Colorado: Dolores School Board member facing October 9 recall vote

The recall of board member Vangi McCoy on October 9 will be a mail-in ballot. Two contenders, Keith Moore and Joe Warren Reed, have entered the race. The issue appears to be claims that the school has dropped in rankings.

There was also trouble appointing a successor to Board President Dee Prock, who resigned rather than face the recall vote.

Colorado: Brush Councilwoman recall election scheduled for December 11

Councilwoman Jeanine Anderson will be facing a December 11 recall vote over complaints about alleged abusive behavior to other members of the government and the police. Petitioners handed in 162 signatures and got 131. They needed 69.

Colorado: Williamsburg Mayor and two trustees facing recall efforts over property decision

Mayor Jerry Farringer and Trustees Robert Busetti and Forrest Borre are facing a recall over embezzlement claims following a vote to vacate a dead-end alley owned by the town that was then given to neighboring property owners. Farringer allegedly signed the document before he was sworn in.

Trustee Eva Mares is one of the leaders of the recall effort. Trustee Steven Ricotta, who is married to the town clerk who approved the petitions, is allegedly a potential beneficiary of the property vote, but is not targeted in the recall. The elected officials suggest that jealous over term length (Mares and Ricotta have only 2 year terms, the rest have 4 year terms) is a motivating factor for the recall.

Nevada: Supreme Court to hear appeal on State Senate recall effort

Five months after a lower court tossed out signatures in the recall attempts against Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro, the state Supreme Court has taken briefs on the appeal. The recall was an attempt by Republicans to gain a majority in the chamber.

The issue appears to be whether signers of recall petitions can later sign documents which would remove their signatures from the recall.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Arizona: Phoenix City Councilman facing recall effort

Phoenix City Council Michael Nowakowski (D) is facing a recall effort over his push to further study and potentially delay a light rail expansion. Nowakowski was previously threatened with a recall over same-sex marriage and transgender bathroom issues.

Michigan: Wayne Councilman just kicked out in recall is removed from Mayoral ballot

Former Councilman Chris Sanders, who was kicked out in May over his vote to move elections to even numbered years and extend their terms as well as a vote against selling a Banquet Center, has now been removed by a judge from the Mayor ballot in November over failing to file campaign finance documents.

Iowa: Petitions circulating to "reconsider" Alta Mayor, Councilman

Mayor Al Clark and Councilman Wes Bunjes are facing petitions to "reconsider" their role under Chapter 66 in the Iowa code -- though since Iowa does not have a recall law, it's not exactly the same thing. One of the leaders was removed from the Planning and Zoning Board.

Michigan: Fairbanks and Garden Township Supervisors up for Election Day recall election

Fairbanks Township Clerk Kathryn Denholm, Supervisor Ronald Collins, Trustee James Dalgord and Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow will be facing a November recall vote over the construction of right-of-way electric lines.

Michigan: Williamston School Board Members recall gets on the ballot

The recall of School Board President Greg Talberg and members Sarah Belander, Nancy Deal and Christopher Lewis will be on the November ballot. The issue was a vote for a policy that requires schools to accept the gender identity assertion of each student. Petitioners are claiming that the issue is that the policy doesn't guarantee informing parents. Petitioners needed 1425 valid signatures.

Kenya: MP pushing for recall law

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Oregon: Aumsville City Council appoints replacements; none of the leaders of the recall effort chosen

The leaders of the successful recall effort of three councilmembers, Trinia Lee,  Lorie Walters and Kevin Crawford, failed in their effort to win appointment as replacements. Angelica Ceja, Nico Casarez and Walter Wick all applied bu none were chosen. Larry Purdy, Gus Bedwell and Jim Case were all selected instead.

The recall was over a $12 per month increase in household utility bills.

Idaho: Sugar City Mayor and Councilman facing petitions

Mayor David Ogden and Councilman Brent Barrus (who was appointed to the role) are facing petitions -- petitioners need 167 signatures to get to the ballot. The issue seems to be legal costs over rezoning of property that is the cause of a significant battle in town.

Ohio: Second recall attempt launched against Cleveland Councilman

Councilman Basheer Jones is facing a second recall attempt presumably by supporters of former Councilman T. Dow, who lost to Jones by 13 votes last year. The first effort did not turn in signatures. Petitioners need 676 signatures -- the reason for the recall is threats that Jones allegedly made to businesses and questions about residency. The earlier attempt led to moves to tighten recall laws.

Oregon: Toledo Mayor, City Councilors kicked out

Mayor Billie Jo Smith  (446-357) and Councilors Terri Strom (435-377) and Deanne Dunlap (439-373) lost their recall votes on Tuesday. The recall started two lawsuits, one over the firing of the fire chief. The city recorder has also filed suit. The seats will be filled by appointment. Smith and Strom are running for reelection in November.

Turnout was 37%.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Oregon: Toledo Mayor, City Councilors facing 9/11 recall vote

Mayor Billie Jo Smith  and Councilors Terri Strom and Deanne Dunlap are facing two lawsuits and a recall vote following the firing of the fire chief. The city recorder has also filed suit. Petitioners needed 173 signatures.

Michigan: Hayes Township Commission members on November 6 ballot

Hayes Township Clerk Marlene Golovich, Treasurer Robbin Kraft and Trustee Paul Hoadley will be on the November 6 ballot, with Kraft already pulling out of running in the recall race. The issue is their support for a boat launch and fishing pier plan. Petitioners needed 222 signatures to get on the ballot.

Washington: Editorial against Kennewick Council recall due to cost of the effort

Here

New Jersey: West Wildwood recall effort threatened

Mayor Christopher Fox and Commissioners Scott Golden and Cornelius Maxwell are facing recall threats after the police chief was awarded a $1.7 million settlement after the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund pointed out problems with reinstating her.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Washington: Judge approves one count for Kennewick Council recall

A Benton County Superior Court Judge has approved the recall of Council member/former Mayor Steve Young. The Judge tossed out six of the seven charges over a lawsuit Young lost, but did approve the charge of violating Washington's Fair Campaign Practices Act. The language of the ballot would read "forwarding an email that can be interpreted as soliciting from a city of Kennewick employee a contribution on behalf of Dan Newhouse." Newhouse is Congressman Dan Newhouse (R).

Washington is a malfeasance standard/Judicial recall state, so the courts needed to way in on whether the recall meets the for cause requirement.

Petitioners need about 2675 signatures to get on the ballot.

Friday, August 31, 2018

New Jersey: Two challengers in Mahwah Mayor recall

Two candidates, Mike Devine and Frank Pallotta, have announced that they will challenge Mayor Bill Laforet is the upcoming recall vote. Neither seems to have held office before.

California: Lake Forest recall effort investigated for forgery

The recall effort against Councilman Andrew Hamilton, who was kicked out in the January 2 recall vote over his support for road projects, is now being investigated for forgery.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Wisconsin: A third candidate enters Trempealeau County District Attorney recall race

County attorney Rick Niemeier (R) has become the third candidate in the recall race to challenge District Attorney Taavi McMahon (D). Because there are more than two candidates, there will be a primary on October 2. ADA John Sacia (D) will face off against McMahon. Then the winner will face Niemeier on Election Day. McMahon suspended Sacia from his job after he entered the race.

McMahon is facing the recall after he suspended an employee for refusing to attend the Jackson County DA's funeral as well as claims of prosecutorial failures. The county board has sought his resignation. McMahon has been on leave since May 9. McMahon's supporters claim the issue is a debate over new views of criminal justice reform. One of the lead petitioners is the Osseo Police Department Chief.

Navajo Nation School Board facing recall vote

Alamo Navajo School Board President Hector Guerro, VP Bucky Apache and Member Edward Padilla are facing an upcoming recall vote over questions of misspending. The recall is still being appealed.

New Jersey: Rockaway Township Acting Mayor facing recall effort

Acting Mayor Jeremy Jedynak (R) is facing a recall effort, with one of the leaders being the widow of his immediate predecessor, Mayor Michael Dachisen (R). Dachisen died on August 15 of a heart attack, leading to Jedynak taking over. The issue is claims of hostile behavior. Jednyak is accused of calling a special council meeting the day after the funeral in "an effort to replace the municipal attorney."

Petitioners need about 4564 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Bedford Charter Township Supervisor facing vote in November

Township Supervisor Adam Heikkila (R) will be facing a recall vote in November. Petitioners handed in over 1000 signatures and needed 734 valids (the article does not note how many they actually got).. Lead petitioner Kraig Dingman intends to run as an independent. The issues are allegedly failing to maintain business hours, pushing to have an ordinance violation dismissed against him, and claims of creating a hostile environment.

Idaho: Atomic City Councilman kicked out in recall vote

Councilman Dave Sonnenberg lost his recall election 17-7. Sonnenberg was facing recall following battles with Mayor Chris Polatis over questions of agendas, an replacement councilmember appointment and potential dis-incorporation of the city (the city has 30 people).

Councilmember Donald Sortor is also facing a petition.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Alaska: Ketchikan School Board President resigns

School Board President Trevor Shaw resigned before his October 2nd recall vote. The recall was over complaints about health insurance premiums, teacher contract negotiations and the public meeting atmosphere appears to have met the signature requirement. Petitioners handed in over 700 signatures and need 540. They got 640.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Wisconsin: Big Bend Village Board Trustee recall scheduled for October 2

Trustee Jeff Goodman will be up for a recall vote on October 2 over a dispute about entering fire and water contract negotiations without the village president or clerk/treasurer present. Petitioners, which includes former trustees, need 165 signatures. They got 201.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Colorado: Weld County Commissioner recall efforts fails to hand in signatures

Petitioners failed to hand in signatures against Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer over claims that of using her position for personal gain. Petitioners needed 5767 signatures to get on the ballot. They claimed to have gotten the signatures but that too many were invalid, so they did not hand them in.

Here's an editorial denouncing the recall.

Massachusetts: Husband of Rockland Selectman who resigned running in replacement race

Christopher Hall, the husband of resigned Selectman Deidre Hall, has announced that he will run for to replace her in the November 6 election. Deidre Hall and Selectman Ed Kimball both resigned in the face of a recall threats after D. Hall was accused of pressuring Town Administrator Allan Chiocca into sexual activities because she would be voting on his contract extension and salary increase.Hall  and Kimball were alleged to also be having an affair.

Louisiana: Tallulah Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Praxton Branch is facing recall efforts with some complaints about the safety of drinking water and transparency in government. Petitioners need about 1600 signatures in 180 days.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Idaho: Atomic City Councilman facing August 28th Recall vote

Councilman Dave Sonnenberg is facing a recall vote on August 28th following battles with Mayor Chris Polatis over questions of agendas, an replacement councilmember appointment and potential dis-incorporation of the city (the city has 30 people).

Councilmember Donald Sortor is also facing a petition.

California: Five Hornbrook Community Services District board members face recall efforts

All five board members, President Robert Puckett, VP Bryant Schauffler, Secretary Michelle Hanson, and members Melissa Tulledo and Patricia Brown are facing recalls  over claims of "gross dereliction of duty." Petitioners would need 53 signatures (30%) in 40 days to get on the ballots.

Colorado: Brush Councilwoman petitions upheld, date of recall to be decided

Councilwoman Jeanine Anderson is facing an upcoming recall election over complaints that she disrespected other members of the government and the police. Anderson's move to get the petition thrown out was rejected by the courts, with a number of complaints, including one by Anderson of fake Facebook accounts. Petitioners handed in 162 signatures, with 31 tossed out. They needed 69.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Michigan: Indictment of Sheriff for embezzlement; Supporters previously targeted two Thetford Township officials with recalls over questions about surplus military equipment purchases

Trustee Stan Piechnik and Supervisor Gary Stevens faced a failed recall attempt over their questions about the police department's purchasing of military equipment earlier this year. No signatures were handed in. Now, the Thetford Township Police Chief Robert Kenny has been arraigned on embezzlement charges over the purchases.

Louisiana: St. Martinville Councilman facing recall effort

Councilman Dennis Paul Williams is facing a recall effort over claims that he is not available enough and has his own personal agenda. Petitioners need 350 signatures by October 17.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

UK: Op-ed on Paisley recall in Politics.co.uk

Here

Wisconsin: Trempealeau County District Attorney makes the ballot -- scheduled for October 2

The recall against District Attorney Taavi McMahon has been scheduled for October 2. If there is a primary, the general election will be on Election Day. Petitioners handed in 3385 signatures, they got 3149 and needed 2683. One ADA, John Sacia, has filed to run against McMahon. McMahon then suspended Sacia from his job.

McMahon is facing the recall after he suspended an employee for refusing to attend the Jackson County DA's funeral as well as claims of prosecutorial failures. The county board has sought his resignation. McMahon has been on leave since May 9. McMahon's supporters claim the issue is a debate over new views of criminal justice reform. One of the lead petitioners is the Osseo Police Department Chief.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

New Jersey: Phillipsburg Mayor facing new recall effort

Mayor Stephen Ellis (D) is facing another recall effort over vague claims of incompetence and misuse of office. Ellis claims the recall is started by "mercenaries" who have accused him of assault (the charges were dropped). Ellis won in 2015, beating a Republican incumbent looking for a fifth term.

One of the lead petitioners, Blaine Fehley, accused the mayor of assault for yelling at him over "crudely manipulated photos."

Petitioners need 2054 signatures in 160 days (25% of registered voters).

Arizona: Second recall effort ongoing against Wickenburg Mayor

A second recall effort against Mayor Everett Sickels is ongoing. In the first recall effort, petitioners, led by Councilman Ruben Madrid, handed in 579 signatures, and needed 440. 400 were certified.

They now claim to have gotten over 600 signatures. The issue is claims that he is questions the future of the police department, criticized the business community and other issues.

California: Madera Mayor recall effort fails

An attempt to recall Mayor Andy Medellin, over claims the doubling of water rates and the salaries for city department heads, failed with one sheet of petitions being handed in.  Petitioners would need about 3600 signatures to get on the ballot and they are claiming that they will try again

New Mexico: Las Cruces approves city charter changes to recall creating malfeasance standard

Las Cruces overwhelmingly approved a change to their recall, seemingly to take it from a political recall to a malfeasance standard/judicial recall one -- effectively, making it so that there needs to be a showing of malfeasance in order to get on the ballot. This change would put the city in line with state law.

The changes would also put in a  60 day time period, let people strike their names, and let the City Council review petitions for compliance with the law. The rule passed (along with a slew of other amendments) 10,090-3870.

One amendment allowing changes to a petition did fail.

The only other time that I have seen a jurisdiction move from a political recall to a malfeasance standard/judicial recall one was in 2012 in College Station.


Louisiana: French Settlement Mayor facing petitions from police chief's wife

Mayor Toni Guitreau is facing a petition effort led by the wife of Police Chief Harry Brignac. Brignac was arrested and charged with malfeasance in office, though the recall leaders claim this arrest was part of a vendetta. Petitioners would need 274 signatures.

Wisconsin: Beaver Dam Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Becky Glewen is facing a recall over alleged budget/tax issues. Petitioners would need about 1500 signatures in 60 days. The petitions is being led by former Alderwoman Mary Flaherty, who lost in the spring by four votes.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Missouri: Mapaville Fire Protection District Board Member facing November 6 vote

Board Secretary Annette Acre is facing a November recall vote after was accused of firing the former 33-year chief and trying to replace him with her son, as well as some other behavior (notably, the open records law violations. Petitioners handed in 641 signatures, they got 510 and needed 505.

The Board is suing to stop the recall effort.

California: Petitioners fail to get enough signatures against two Dublin officials

The recall effort against Councilman Abe Gupta and School Trustee Dan Cunningham over various development issues failed. Gupta announced that he won't be seeking reelection.Petitioners handed in 6678 signatures for Gupta, they needed about 5300. They got 5059 valid. For Cunningham they handed in 6874, they needed 5409 and got 5266.

There was also a recall attempt against Vice Mayor Dom Biddle, but that seems to have gone nowhere.

Oregon: Man who twice pushed for mayoral recall running for Oregon City Mayor

Mark Matheson, who twice tried to lead a recall effort against Mayor Dan Holladay, is now running for the position. The recall efforts were allegedly a protest against the city government -- one was over a claim that the the mayoral seat should be up for election earlier than it was because Holladay ran for another office (and lost).

Michigan: Four Tecumseh School Board members to be on the November ballot

Enough signatures were handed in to get the recall efforts against School board Vice President Steven Linn (1658), treasurer Kimberly Amstutz-Wild (1653), Secretary Debbie-Johnson-Berges (1662) and member Jim Rice (1609) over violations of the Open Meetings Act as well as other complaints on the ballot. Petitioners handed in somewhere between 1800-1900 signatures -- they needed 1491 signatures for each.

Massachuetts: Two facing recall efforts in Warren

Selectman Chairman Marc W. Richard and Vice Chairman Dario F. Nardi are facing a recall effort after firing a police officer. Petitioners would need 664 signatures by August 27.

Washington: Kennewick Council member facing petitions

Council member/former Mayor Steve Young is facing a recall effort. Petitioners allege question dealings on Young's part. Washington is a malfeasance standard/Judicial recall state, so the state regulators/courts need to way in on whether the recall meets the for cause requirement.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ohio: Richmond Heights voting for charter amendment that will change the language of recalls

The language change is so that voters will be asked if they want to remove the official from office. The current language asks if they want to retain the official.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Texas: Plano Councilman recall vote cancelled by judge

The recall against Councilman Tom Harrison has been cancelled by a district court judge, who ruled that the city was using an outdated version of the charter to approved the recall. Harrison was .censured by the council after posting a Facebook video calling for the ban of Islam in schools.

Petitioners got 4000 signatures and needed about 2800 under what they were told was the law (30% from the municipal election, which was viewed as the last race for the seat). However, according to a charter submitted to Secretary of State's office in 1961, it is the "last" regular municipal election, which the judge interpreted to be the whole city. The difference was three times greater (27000 people voted in that race). Therefore the signatures didn't meet the new criteria.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Ohio: Huber Heights Councilwoman recall makes the ballot; big problems with scheduling

Petitioners have enough signatures to get the recall of Councilwoman Janell Smith on the ballot, but there is a debate about the notification provision which may mean that the recall cannot be scheduled for Election Day. The issue was information about a city water pressure project.

California: Montebello Mayor steps down to take temporary California Senate seat

Mayor Vanessa Delgado, who is facing a recall along with Councilman Jack Hadjinian, over votes to allow marijuana businesses to open and a $4.2 million city deficit, has agreed to step down to take a State Senate seat. Delgado won the special election for a State Senate seat, though finished out of the money in third place for the general election. There was discussion of her not taking the Senate seat for the short time period in order to keep the mayor's job.

Ohio: Cleveland Councilman recall effort fails

The recall effort against Councilman Basheer Jones failed -- no signatures were handed in. Jones was targeted after less than seven months in office. Petitioners needed 676 signatures to get on the ballot.

California: Two-time recall official tries to run for two seats, will be stopped from running for any

Larry Duncan, who was recalled from the Paradise Town Council in 1991 and the Paradise Irrigation District Board in 2017, is being prevented from running for both offices at once. The issue appears to be filing for two offices at once and missing the deadline to withdraw from just one.

Alaska: Ketchikan School Board President resigns

School Board President Trevor Shaw resigned before his October 2nd recall vote. The recall was over complaints about health insurance premiums, teacher contract negotiations and the public meeting atmosphere appears to have met the signature requirement. Petitioners handed in over 700 signatures and need 540. They got 640.

Georgia: Walthourville Mayor and Councilwoman recall fails

The recall effort against Mayor Daisy Pray and Councilwoman Patricia Green over allegations of unethical conduct and misappropriating funds and property failed. Petitioners handed in 150 signatures, but 33 were struck. There were questions about whether the circulators violated the law.A former Police Chief Bernie Quaterman, who was suspended twice and relived of duty by Pray, circulated petitions (he is not a registered voter in the city, which they claim prevents him from circulating the petitions. This may not be accurate according to other laws that I've seen).

Friday, August 10, 2018

Texas: El Paso Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Dee Margo is facing a recall effort over a kitchen sink group of claims (failure to stop tax increases, using personal emails for city business, violating free speech). Petitioner would need about 6500 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wisconsin: Big Bend Village Board Trustee facing petitions

Trustee Jeff Goodman is facing a recall effort over entering fire and water contract negotiations without the village president or clerk/treasurer present. Petitioners, which includes former trustees, need 165 signatures. They claim to have 207 in hand.