Deanne Foster recall, Detroit, Oregon (2011)

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A vote about whether to recall Deanne Foster from her elected position on the city council of Detroit, Oregon took place on November 22, 2011.[1] Bradley was recalled from her position. Detroit has a seven-person city council. Two other Detroit city council members, Patrick Carty and James Bradley, have also been recalled in 2011.[2]

Reasons for recall

Former mayor and council member Jeanette Hartwell was the recall campaign's chief petitioner.[3] The petitioner's statement read: "Citizens of the City of Detroit seek the recall of City Councilor Deanne Foster because she is often unreliable. Ms Foster has made decisions which have put the city’s finances in peril or jeopardy due to lack of attention to detail. It is difficult to contact Ms Foster to conduct important city business. As a result, local citizens lack confidence in Ms Foster’s ability to assist with helping Detroit advance the local economy in a positive way."[1]

Bradley's response

Foster's official statement of justification read: "My mission is the same as it was 14mos ago, for the families, the children and members of this community that want it to be a better place to be year round. I cannot make decisions on this council on my own, especially financial ones! I do know that I have brought in and secured over $52,000 for our city, in the past year alone, and I still have a lot of really great ideas for the betterment of our community, to bring us together once again. I have been and will remain open-minded and unbiased, positive and strong. Rules are rules and they cannot be bent because we choose to allow bending for this reason or that. Jeanette Hartwell is obviously grasping at her very last straw by this recall and the lies that it states. This is a very sad day indeed, and I hope you all see this recall for what it is. We cannot allow Jeanette’s personal vendettas to be rewarded, especially at the cities cost. I thank you all for trusting in me to do what I have done for Detroit, and will continue to do so sincerely, at the best of my volunteer abilities."[1]

Election results

  • Votes to recall Deanne Foster: 42 Approveda
  • Votes to retain Deanne Foster: 33

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