Friday, December 28, 2018

Michigan: Hayes Township Commission members ousted in Election Day recall

Hayes Township Clerk Marlene Golovich and Trustee Paul Hoadley were kicked out in an Election Day recall -- Golovich lost to Warren Nugent 688-452) and Hoadley lost to Robert Jess 727-402. Treasurer Robbin Kraft resigned in the faced of the recall.

The issue was their support for a boat launch and fishing pier plan. Petitioners needed 222 signatures to get on the ballot.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Nebraska: Hamilton Commissioner recall may be delayed by paperwork/timing issues

Paperwork issues, getting enough workers and timing problems may slightly delay the recall of Commissioner Gregg Kremer over claims by a former member of the County Ambulance Department that he represents private interests. Petitioners handed in 353 signatures, got 318. They needed 227.

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor refuses to resign; Recall to be set by council

Mayor Jasiel Correia II has announced that he will not resign and will face an upcoming recall vote. The Council will meet on January 2 and can set a recall for March 12 or later. 4533 valid signatures were turned in for the recall of Correia, who was arrested on federal wire and tax fraud charges for defrauding investors.

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

Update: Recall set for March 12.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Ballotpedia's Annual Recall Analysis

Some good material from Ballotpedia. I will have mine at some point soon. It looks like they have moved to calculating by each official rather than by each jurisdiction, so our numbers should be similar.

Texas: Council looking to set date for Rusk City Councilmen recall vote

Looks like enough signatures have been handed in to get the recall against Councilman Ken Ferrara and Jan Pate on the ballot. The council is debating setting an election date.

Both 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.

Tennessee: Bristol debating conduct standards; City Council had removed recall law after 2004 recall fight

In 2004, Mayor Kelly Graham was voted out in a recall (Vice Mayor Jim Messimer and Councilman David Schumaker survived the vote). Following that the City Council got rid of the recall law. No word on whether it could come back in the story about conduct standards, but well worth noting.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Michigan: Bedford Charter Township Supervisor kicked out in recall vote

Township Supervisor Adam Heikkila (R) lost his recall vote on election day to RandeJohnson (D) 35-33%, with an independent candidate Kraig Dingman getting 32%. Dingman, who was the lead petitioner, has since been appointed a trustee.

The issues were allegedly failing to maintain business hours, pushing to have an ordinance violation dismissed against him, and claims of creating a hostile environment.

Massachusetts: City Council asks for Fall River Mayor resignation; Mayor contests signatures

Following the verification of 4533 signatures in the recall effort against Mayor Jasiel Correia II, the City Council has asked for his resignation. Correia is contesting the signatures.

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.

Michigan: Bay County Clerk upbraided for mishandling Kawkawlin Township recall effort

The August petition against Kawkawlin Township Supervisor Dennis Bragiel over a no vote on wind turbines was mishandled by County Clerk Cynthia Luczak, according to the Michigan Bureau of Elections. The Bureau claims that enough signatures were handed in, but Luczak's failed to notify Bragiel, preventing him from challenging the petition. The recall can't take place because of the errors.

Luczak also seemed to make a major error on another recall petition, certifying that it would appear on the August 7 ballot, even though state law prevented a recall appearing on that day.

Nevada: Las Vegas Sun calls for changing recall law from political to malfeasance standard

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Massachusetts: Longmeadow Town Meeting will take up school board recall provision

A January 17 Town Meeting will be taking up a call for instituting recalls for School Board members. The rule would have to be approved by the state Legislature.

Texas: McKinney Councilman arrest leads to discussion of recall law

The City Council held a hearing over a charter amendment to change the recall law and possibly lower the signature limit. The discussion came after Councilman La'Shadion Shemwell was recently arrested for domestic violence, which he claimed occurred after he was racially profiled after refusing to sign two citations after he was pulled over for speeding last year.

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

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, 35-31. She is facing former Mayor Jeffrey Kindel, who she beat in the race.

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.