Jae Pudewell, Jerry Behney and Brian Pech recall, Coburg, Oregon (2014)
An effort to recall Mayor Jae Pudewell and councilmen Jerry Behney and Brian Pech in Coburg, Oregon from their positions was launched in January 2014. Lead petitioner Steve Stearns spearheaded the recall effort in January 2014, citing the officials' support of a controversial wastewater treatment plant project as grounds for recall. Pudewell, Behney and Pech were all retained.
|Mayor Jae Pudewell|
|Councilman Jerry Behney|
|Councilman Brian Pech|
Recall proponent arguments
The petitioners argued that the officials "[showed] poor judgment and ... made bad decisions in the construction of the wastewater project [and did not act\ in the best interest of Coburg’s citizens concerning the cost and construction” of the project. Further, the petitions went on to specifically charge that Behney “may have failed to provide accurate and critical information to the City Council and citizens” on the cost and construction of the wastewaster system. Pech was alleged to have “failed to demonstrate an open mind, failed to ask questions and voted with the majority in most wastewater issues.”
Pudewell maintained that the recall effort and attendant accusations leveled against him and the city councilmen were "baseless."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in Oregon
Petitioners gathered 85 signatures to recall Pudewell and 82 to recall Behney and Pech, above the 74 required to trigger a recall. A recall election was scheduled for February 25, 2014.
It was estimated that the recall election will cost the city between $1,300 and $1,500.
- The Register-Guard, "Coburg wastewater plant a source of pride — and recall," January 15, 2014
- The Register-Guard, "Voters reject Coburg recall attempt," February 26, ,2014
- KVAL.com, "Sewer spills over onto ballot: Recall targets Coburg mayor, councilors," January 27, 2014
- Coburg recall election targets mayor, two city councilors," February 7, 2014
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