Gold Hill City Council recall, Oregon (2014)

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An effort to recall city council members Margaret Dials, Lorraine Parks, Doug Reischman and Gus Wolf in Gold Hill, Oregon from their positions was launched in June 2014.[1]

The recall election took place on August 26.[2] All four council members survived the recall attempt.[3]

Recall results

Unofficial results are available here. Official results will be available on September 9.

Margaret Dials recall
ResultVotesPercentage
Recall11840.14%
Defeatedd Retain17659.86%
Lorraine Parks recall
ResultVotesPercentage
Recall11338.31%
Defeatedd Retain18261.69%
Doug Reischman recall
ResultVotesPercentage
Recall11840%
Defeatedd Retain17760%
Gus Wolf recall
ResultVotesPercentage
Recall11639.06%
Defeatedd Retain18160.94%

Recall proponent arguments

Recall proponents cite as grounds for recall a vote by the four targeted council members to allow medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits, as well as the failure of the council to put the question to a public vote. Recall organizer and Gold Hill Budget Committee member Deb West said, "This could have been so simple. All they had to do was put this to a vote of the people, and they chose not to."[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Oregon

Recall proponents will have 90 days to collect the signatures needed to trigger a recall election. If sufficient signatures are collected, the targeted members will have five days to resign or submit a "statement of justification," which puts the recall to a vote. Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker estimated that a recall election would cost the city between $1,000 and $1,500.[1] Supporters turned in 63 signatures for each of the targeted officials, a dozen more than required for all of them. The signatures were verified and ballots were mailed to registered voters.[4] The deadline to submit ballots was August 25.[1]

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