Ashtabula City Council recall, Ashtabula, Ohio, 2009
February 2, 2009 in Astabula, Ohio.
The recall campaign is led by a group called Concerned Citizens for Progress. David Bucci is the group's leader. They need about 900 signatures to force a recall vote. The council members who are targeted for recall are Vice-President Betty Kist, Joseph Rose, Bernie Roskovics and Ericka Severino.
Bucci told a local newspaper, "We are a political action committee seeking to bring positive change and progress to the city. If you want your government to change, now is your chance."
Reasons for recall
The group seeking a recall lists as its reasons that the four targeted city council members:
- "Conducted themselves in office in a manner opposed to the best interests of the citizens of the city by wasting public resources in private political vendettas against numerous elected officials and city employees."
- "Delayed and obstructed progressive legislation proposed by city leaders."
- "Opposed hiring of qualified personnel while supporting political cronyism."
- "Supported attempts to violate Section 29 of the city charter by interfering in the operations of various city departments and have allowed the city government to be virtually paralyzed."
- "They have acted with complete indifference to the negative consequences of their misconduct upon the people of the city, and they have otherwise conducted themselves in such a fashion as to cause the city of Ashtabula to be held up to ridicule around the state."
Path to the ballot
The group submitted the petition on June 2, 2009 to the Ashtabula County Elections Board for review of petition signatures. The group stated they obtained signatures from the required 15 percent of Ashtabula registered voters. If signatures are approved, council members will have five days to resign, if not a special election date must be set within 30-40 days by the elections board.