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.