Tuesday, July 4, 2017

California: Stockton Mayor, two city council members facing recall effort

Mayor Michael Tubbs and Councilmen Dan Wright and Jesus Andrade, all in their first terms, are facing recall efforts. All three beat incumbents in the election and one of the backers of the recall has lost badly in previous attempts to run as mayor and for the city council.

The recall backers claim that they are focusing on the city council members because both finished second in district voting in the primaries in June, but won office in the citywide voting in November. The city voters switched to district based voting in November, which will start for the council in 2018. However, they state reasons such as supporting the privitization of civil services, failure to support small business and the true catch-all "no measurable impact on Council." They are currently doing polling on the Tubbs recall effort.

Petitioners would need 27,000 or so signatures to get the mayor on the ballot. It sounds like any replacement would be appointed.

Stockton has had two recalls in the past. One was against Mayor Jimmie Rishwain in 1967 The other, against Councilman Mark Stebbins is one of those really weird recalls.

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