Jeff Cook recall, Benson, Arizona (2014)
Cook was first elected to the council on March 12, 2013. The recall committee, chaired by Mark Boyle and founded by JT Moffett, is called "The Committee to Recall Jeff Cook." Its creation was announced on December 23, 2013. The recall petition states: "We, the committee to recall Jeff Cook, feel he is unfit to serve on Benson city council. Furthermore, Jeff Cook has shown that he does not represent the better interests for the common good of the Benson community."
In response to the petition, Cook issued the following statement:
"Jeffrey Moffett, also known as JT Moffett to most people in the community, has been stirring up opposition against me and trying to gain support for a recall for over a month now. One of the reasons he does not like me is because he wanted Don Howard to be our new city manager and I exposed Don Howard for misleading Benson through false information that he placed on his resume. In addition to that, because of insurance and bonding issues, he could not be hired without a huge liability to the city. Another reason Jeffrey Moffett doesn’t like me, is because of a $500,000 grant the Benson Fire Department brought before the council was approved by the council over his (Moffett’s) objections."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in Arizona
A notice of intent to recall was first filed in December 2013. In order to qualify for the ballot, the recall committee needed to turn in 166 valid signatures. The deadline to complete the recall qualification process was January 24, 2014. Recall proponents collected 187 valid signatures, thus prompting a recall election. The recall election will take place on May 20, 2014.
- Benson News " Effort under way to recall councilman ," January 7, 2014
- Recall Elections Blog "Arizona: Benson Councilman facing petitions," January 8, 2014
- Sierra Vista Herald "Recall effort against Benson Councilman Jeff Cook underway" January 7, 2014
- San Pedro Valley News-Sun "Councilman Cook recall to proceed," February 4, 2014
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