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Jim Bellet and Tom Mallams recall, Klamath County, Oregon (2013)

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An effort to recall Jim Bellet and Tom Mallams from their positions on the Board of Commissioners of Klamath County, Oregon was launched in July 2013. Supporters of the recall are currently circulating petitions in order to qualify the recall question for the ballot. The recall effort did not go to a vote because no signatures were turned in.[1]


The recall effort was initiated by Shannon Roberts. Roberts had previously been outspoken against the commissioners on county issues, such as coordinated care organization.[2]

The other county commissioner, Dennis Linthicum, was also targeted in a recall effort, which began in May 2013. That effort failed to turn in signatures by its 90-day deadline. The recall efforts against Bellet and Mallams were unable to start at the same time as the Linthicum recall effort due to laws requiring a six month waiting period from the time of an official's election before a recall can be initiated.[3][4][5]

Two Klamath County commissioners, David Henzel and Clif McMillan, were previously recalled in 1996.[5]

Reasons for recall

On the petition, recall supporters wrote:[2]

We citizens feel our demands and needs are being completely ignored. We’ve spoken our concerns and petitioned by the multi-thousands and it appears the commissioners are not keeping their promises of putting the communities’ needs first.[6]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Oregon

In order to qualify for the ballot, recall supporters were required to collect 3,474 signatures by October 7, 2013 (90 days after the July petition filing).[4]

Klamath Irrigation District ethics complaint

In September 2013 Klamath Irrigation District filed an ethics complaint against Mallams. Mallams indicated he was open to the investigation in order to clear his name. He linked the complaint from the irrigation district to the recall effort, stating, "I want the public to know my feeling is this is a vain attempt to try to resurrect a failing recall effort. I think that's what this is all about." It was reported that recall leader Shannon Roberts had no affiliation with the irrigation district.[7]

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