David Reeves recall, Gooding School Board, Idaho (2014)

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An effort to recall David Reeves from his position on the Gooding School Board in Idaho was initiated in February 2014.[1] The recall election on May 20, 2014, resulted in the retention of Reeves.

Election results

David Gooding recall election, May 20, 2014
Defeatedd Retain10677.94%
Election results via: Twin Falls Times-News (May 21, 2014)

Recall supporter arguments

A group of 29 district residents initiated the recall process against Reeves. Recall organizers argued that Reeves contributed to a hostile environment during board meetings. The February 10, 2014, petition cited poor attendance at board meetings and training sessions as another reason for recall.[2]

David Reeves's response

Reeves countered that recall organizers hope to remove all board members. He believed that he was the first target for petitioners because of the low threshold for a recall election.[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Idaho

The initial petition to the Gooding County Clerk featured 29 signatures. The pre-recall petition requires at least 20 signatures from residents of a recall target's district. The clerk found that 23 signatures were valid, allowing organizers to circulate petitions to bring the issue to the ballot. State law requires recall petitioners to gather signatures equaling at least 50 percent of the votes cast in a board member's district in the previous election to trigger a recall. Sixteen valid signatures were required to initiate a recall because a total of 32 votes were cast in Reeves's district in 2011. Recall petitioners submitted 33 valid signatures to the clerk's office on February 24, 2014.[1][2][3][4]

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