Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Georgia: Three Blackshear Council members facing petition threat

Blackshear Council members Linda Gail Dennison, Shawn Godwin and Timmy Sapp are facing recall petitions, with the council holding a hearing on the charges. Two former mayors have signed the petitions. The issue appears to be their initial opposition to the hiring of the City Clerk. There's also a kitchen sink of other complaints over meeting attendance, open meeting violations and claims of censorship on social media.

Georgia is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed. Petitioners would need 67, 97 or 112 signatures to get on the ballot.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Florida: Second round of signatures gathering started for three Sebastian City Council members

A second round of signature gathering is starting against Sebastian City Council members Damien Gilliams, Charles Mauti and Pamela Parris.

The recall seems to have started over fights with the Mayor and other council members. Gillams and Parris notably voted against the hiring of a new city attorney.  They were also arrested for breaking the Sunshine Law and perjury for lying to investigators. The three members allegedly voted to fire the city staff and appoint Gilliams mayor in what investigators call an illegal meeting. The two allegedly lied under oath.

The recall (which couldn't start until they've been in office six months (which seems to be in May) would require about 1995 signatures.

Colorado: Ouray County Sheriff kicked out in overwhelming recall vote

An overwhelming vote appears to have knocked out Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald in the recall (which took place on the primary day). The prelimary vote is 2527-196 (93% against.

Fitzgerald's recall was started by the County Republicans party and joined by the Democrats, after he was accused of a DUI. His girlfriend was accused of domestic violence last year and was in jail for five days. He won office by 11 votes as an unaffiliated candidate, though he beat a Republican. Unaffiliated candidate Justin Perry (a former city administrator and police chief) appears to be leading the replacement race, topping Undersheriff Ted Wolfe (R) 1676-943.

Alaska: Three Throne Bay Councilmembers facing recall vote

Thorne Bay Councilmembers Roger Longbotham, Roslyn Hert and Eric Rhodes are all facing a recall vote today over the suspension of the City Administrator (he later resigned). There is also a claim that the Rhodes violated the Open Meetings Act.

Michigan: Escanaba Councilman facing recall efforts over comments

Escanaba Councilman Ralph Blasier is facing a recall petition after making comments about shooting rioters at a council meeting about a July 4 parade, though he clearly does seem to have been joking.

Petitioners need 1218 signatures and must collect them in a 60 day timeframe, though that could be anytime in the next 180 days. To get on the November ballot, they must be handed in by July 28.

California: Feather River College Trustee facing recall threats over social media comments

Feather River College Trustee Trent Saxton is facing recall threats after posting reported "racist and fascist" comments about the Black Lives Matters movement on Facebook. Members of the board are calling for his censure. No word on how many signatures would be needed to remove him.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Massachusetts: Two Kingston Selectmen ousted in recall vote

Two Kingston Selectmen, Chairman Josh Warren and Selectman Elaine Fiore, were ousted in a June 27th recall. Warren lost  the recall 1570-1154 and then lost the replacement race to Kimberly Emberg (1542-1098) and Fiore lost the recall 1569-1178, and then lost in the replacement election to Dick Arruda (1546-1113). Turnout was about 28%.

The recall effort is over claims of a verbal aggressive attack on Selectman Jessica Kramer by a town employee and Warren's refusal to put the employee on leave. There was a counter claim that petitioners are upset about taxes and are looking for them to fire the Town Administrator.

The recall was combined with the Annual Town Election.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Oklahoma: Norman Mayor and city council facing recall threats

Norman Mayor Breea Clark and City Council members Kate Bierman, Alison Petrone, Sereta Wilson and Stephen Holman are facing threats of a recall over a vote to cut the police department's proposed budget by $865,000 (it appears not to be an actual cut -- the police wanted a big increase and got only a smaller one).

Petitioners would need 25% of registered voters in 30 days.

Montana: Stevensville Mayor suing to stop August 4 recall vote, claiming it doesn't meet the malfeasance standard

Stevensville Mayor Brandon Dewey is suing to stop the recall set for August 4Dewey is facing the recall over a contract for services with a tech provider. Dewey is arguing that the recall does not meet the state's malfeasance standard.

The claim is that the $79,800 contract wasn't approved by the City Council. There was also petitions filed five petitions filed against Dewey from 2018-2019, though none met the state's malfeasance standard and all were tossed.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Nevada: Signature gathering appears non-existent in Las Vegas Mayor recall effort

The recall effort against Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman (I) has been slow, with petitioners stating that they have not gotten any signatures or contributions over $100. The recall effort is over her call to have the city serve as a "control group" for opening up after a shutdown.

Petitioners would need 6745 signatures by August 4.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Oregon: Oregon City Mayor facing petitions over opposition to stay at home order; complaints about George Floyd protests

Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay is facing a potential recall after opposing the stay at home order and complaining about the protests following the killing of George Floyd. The previous two mayors (who supported Holladay) have signed a letter calling the behavior "disturbing."

Petitioners need 2400 signatures in 90 days.

Washington: Deputy Sheriff Guild votes to start recall effort against Benton County Sheriff

Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher is facing potential petition, after 90 percent of the Deputy Sheriff's Guild membership voted to push for his removal. An independent investigator found that Hatcher retaliated against a whistleblower and two witnesses and engaged in anti-union activity.

Hatcher also has run into personal issues with his wife filing a civil protection order claiming that he choked her during a fight over his extramarital affairs. The order meant he had to surrender his firearm. He also was previously charged with felony witness tampering and assault, though chargers were dismissed.

Since Washington is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, petitioners will need to have a valid cause of action, which will clearly be some of these allegations.

Louisiana: Petitions filed against East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Member

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Connie Bernard is facing petitions apparently filed by other members of the board. Board member Dadrius Lanus is cited as leading the charge. Bernard criticized attempts to change the name of a high school named after Robert E. Lee, calling on people to "learn a little more" about Lee. She since apologized for those comments. There is also claims that she was online shopping during the naming debate meeting.

 Petitioners need more than 8,000 signatures in 180 days, which is significantly less than was needed under the pre-2018 law of 33 1/3% of registered voters.

The article does update the list of recalls in Louisana. There have been 117 since 1966, 73 resulting in removal, 30 survived and 14 were not held or disallowed (perhaps due to resignation).