Jim Nicita recall, Oregon City, Oregon (2011)

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A question about whether to recall Jim Nicita from his elected position as mayor of Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas County took place in a recall election on December 6th, 2011.[1] Nicita was recalled from his seat.[2] The city commission selected a replacement mayor to serve the rest of Nicita's term, which expired at the end of 2012.

Reasons for recall

Recall organizers took issue with Nicita's opposition to the building of a $200 million mall which would have brought jobs and additional property taxes to Oregon City. Oregon City would have provided $17.6 million in urban renewal money to subsidize the mall, which would have been built on an old landfill.[3] Nicita, who is a member of the Pacific Green Party, has been accused of having an anti-growth agenda.[4]

Recall opponents

Local 350-2 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the union that represents city workers, opposed the recall effort against Nicita.[5] Former Oregon City mayor John Williams Jr. campaigned against the recall, saying, "I'm depressed that a group of people could demonize a public servant."[2]

Path to the ballot

The recall campaign was organized by a group called Recall Jim Nicita. Recall organizers needed to gather the signatures of 1,742 registered voters in order to force a recall election. On October 13, organizers submitted over 2,200 signatures. About 25% of those signatures were ruled invalid, meaning that supporters were 125 signatures short.[6] Recall organizers subsequently gathered 312 additional signatures, and on October 27th, the Clackamas County Elections Division announced that a recall election would be scheduled for December 6th.[1]

Election results

  • Votes to retain Jim Nicita: 2,395
  • Votes to recall Jim Nicita: 3,009 Approveda

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