Linda Sledge Johnson recall, Fairmount, Georgia, 2010
When a recall petition in Georgia is filed with election authorities, those who support the recall must list on their petition the reasons why they think the recall target ought to be removed from office. When recall supporters list their reasons, it does not mean that election officials or others agree with the reasons, or that any facts alleged in the reasons have been proven.
The reasons given by Johnson recall supporters on their list are:
- "Behavior unbecoming of a city councilman (with) city employee resulting in her resigning. Misuse of donated items for 2008 Mayors Motorcade. Continued harassment to businesses...resulting in lost revenue for the city; including personal problems (with) business...owners. Has not paid '08 county taxes as of 1-5-09. Sued city for atty. fees resulting from a previous suit which resulted in city taxpayers having to pay atty. fees for both suits."
In May, Superior Court judge William Boyette ruled that the recall language submitted by recall supporters is not "logically connected" and lacks "particularity", and he therefore found the recall application insufficient.
Johnson says, "I strongly deny any and all of the allegations made against me. I have done the best to my ability to serve the citizens of Fairmount."
Fairmount is a city in Gordon County, Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population of Fairmount was 745 people.
Path to the ballot
To force a recall election, recall supporters must collect the signatures of 30% of registered Fairmount voters who were voters in Fairmount at the time of Johnson's election to the city council.
- Rome News-Tribune,"Groups seeks recall for Fairmount council member," January 14, 2010
- Application for the recall of Linda Sledge Johnson
- Rome News Tribune, "Judge tosses recall against Fairmount council member"
- Calhoun Times, "Update: Groups seeks recall for Fairmount council member", January 14, 2010