Monday, August 17, 2020

Oklahoma: Petitioners hand in signatures against Norman Mayor and City Councilmember

 Petitioners have handed in 20,560 signatures in the recall of Norman Mayor Breea Clark and about 3500 signatures against Alison Petrone. They need 18,124 valids to get on the Clark recall on the ballot and about 2500 to get Petrone. 

City Councilwoman Sereta Wilson previously resigned in the face of the recall threat. It seems that they haven't handed in signatures against two other councilmembers who were threatened, City Council members Kate Bierman and Stephen Holman. 

The recall is 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). There are also complaints about the council's push to require masks to stave off the coronavirus.

If they have the valid number of signatures (no certainty here -- they sound like they have a 12% margin), then the recall may take place in January 2021. Petrone is up for her regularly scheduled election a month later. 

The petitioners asked for a 10 day extension due to claims of harassment, though it was denied as not being provided for in the law.  

Update: The councilmembers are planning on a hiring an attorney if the petition gets the signatures. 

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