An effort to recall three Gwinnett County commissioners
from their positions was initiated after the county board voted in favor of increasing the property tax by approximately 21 percent. Targeted members included: Commission Chairman Charles Bannister, Commissioner Shirley Lasseter (District 1) and Commissioner Mike Beaudreau (District 3).
The recall effort ultimately did not go to a vote
The recall effort was initiated following a 4 to 1 vote by the five-member board to increase the local property tax by 21 percent. Beaudreau was the sole dissenter. Bannister and Lasseter voted in favor of the tax increase, along with commissioners Kevin Kenerly and Bert Nasuti. Kenerly and Nasuti, however, were not seeking re-election in 2010. At the time of the recall, the targeted commissioners' terms were scheduled to end in 2012. One of the recall targets, Charles Bannister, resigned his seat on the commission in October 2010. The resignation took place after a county grand jury report that said, in part, "commissioners [were] often clueless about the most cost-conscious way to buy land for future parks."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in Georgia
Before recall petitions are issued, supporters are required to submit at least 100 valid signatures from voters in the affected districts by December 23, 2009. Once the signatures are verified, petitions will be issued. In order to force a recall, supporters are required to collect 28,000 valid signatures to recall Lasseter, 41,000 for Beadreau and 126,000 for Bannister.