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Jim Wills recall, Modoc County, California (2014)

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An effort to recall Jim Wills from his position as Supervisor of Modoc County, California was launched in July 2013 when a former county supervisor called into question Wills' personal integrity regarding his job duties.[1] An election was held on April 8, 2014.[2] The effort was defeated, as Wills survived the recall by a vote of 365 to 248, thereby retaining his position.[3]

Wills took office in January 2013, representing the county's District 4; at the time of the recall election, his term was set to expire in 2016.[1][4]

Election results

Below are the official election results:[3]

Jim Wills Recall (2014)
Defeatedd No36559.54%
Yes 248 40.46%

Recall supporters

Former county supervisor Ray Anklin led the effort to recall Wills. In his "notice of intent," filed with county election officials in late July 2013, Anklin contended Wills "has acted in a personal capacity in a manner concerning Modoc County, which is a gross misuse of Supervisor Wills’ political office."[1]

Wills' response

After hearing about the "notice of intent" filing, Wills told reporters, "No one ever contacted me and talked about any of the issues. I have no idea why it’s being filed. It’s always discouraging, but if you don’t make everybody happy you make somebody unhappy."[1] After surviving the recall, Wills said he was pleased with the outcome but regretted that the process had been "such a waste of taxpayers’ time and money."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in California

In order for Anklin's petition to be approved, he had to collect signatures equaling at least 25 percent of the registered voters in Wills' district, or approximately 265 names, to trigger a recall election.[1] Sufficient signatures were collected, and a recall election was held on April 8, 2014.[2]

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