Bridger Kimball recall, Maricopa, Arizona (2014)

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An effort to recall councilman Bridger Kimball in Maricopa, Arizona from his position was launched in February 2014.[1] The effort was abandoned after recall supporters failed to gather sufficient signatures.[2]

Recall proponent arguments

Fellow councilman Leon Potter spearheaded the recall effort, citing as grounds for recall a DUI Kimball received and pleaded guilty to in February 2013. "I think the public should hold elected officials accountable for our actions," said Potter.[1]

Officials' responses

In response to the recall effort, Kimball said, "I find it to be politically motivated. It's apparent that [Potter] doesn't like me and for him to use this avenue as a sitting council member -- using potentially taxpayer dollars to show his displeasure with me as a person -- is unsatisfactory if you ask me."[1]

On March 17, 2014, Potter resigned his council seat and announced his plans to run for mayor. Potter cited as his reason for doing so incumbent mayor Christian Price's refusal to demand Kimball's resignation.[3][4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Arizona

City clerk Vanessa Bueras said that 850 signatures would need to be gathered in order to trigger a recall election. Bueras also noted that the election could cost upwards of $30,000, unless it is placed on the ballot concurrently with regularly scheduled council elections in the fall.[1] The recall effort was abandoned when recall supporters only collected approximately 300 of the 850 required signatures.<ref name=over/.

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