Dillon City Council recall, Montana (2014)
The recall petition against Westad fell short after the main petition gatherer became ill.
Recall proponent arguments
At issue are two lawsuits brought by the city against Dillon homeowners who "refused to pay when the city billed them for installing water meters in front of their properties." Recall proponents also allege that the targeted council members violated open meetings laws.
Gore maintains that Mayor Michael Klakken is the primary agitator in the recall effort. "What everything stems from is the mayor and his buddies have a past history and a big grudge against the city. Klakken got his foot in there and he’s going to bring the whole city down. His goal is to destroy anything that (former mayor Marty) Malesich had his hands on. A lot of people saw that, even the city employees, that’s why they ran down and got into a union. The public doesn’t know what’s actually going on. Klakken’s got his few people in town that are loudmouths. You say a big enough lie long enough it becomes the truth. They just keep screaming and yelling and people start believing it."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in Montana
Recall proponents had until mid-July to collect the signatures needed to trigger a recall. Proponents needed to collect signatures equal to 20 percent of the number of registered voters in each ward at the last city election. Petitions with enough signatures were turned in against Gore, Troedsson and Spehar. The city has until August 9 to verify the signatures.
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