Friday, May 10, 2013

Washington: Two Clark County Commissioners facing recall threat

Clark County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke are facing recall threats over the decision to push out the environmental services director and put in place Republican state Senator Don Benton.  A former mayor of Vancouver. Royce Pollard, is leading the recall charge. Petitoners would need 39,549 and 44.053 to get on the ballot (25% of turnout).

Petitioners need to show Malfeasance, but the state courts rejects violation of open meeting laws (a popular one in other states) as a reason for meeting the malfeasance standard.
In Clark County, it's been almost 30 years since a recall measure has landed on the ballot. In November 1983, Ridgefield voters narrowly approved a recall of Mayor John Roe. The year before, Washougal voters soundly rejected a recall of Mayor Mike Johnson.

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