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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]

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]

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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. Once the signatures are verified and the targeted officials are notified, an election must take place within 35 days.[2]

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