Lisa Poppaw recall, Fort Collins, Colorado (2010)
Lisa Poppaw was first elected to the Fort Collins City Council, representing District 2, in 2007. Council members in Fort Collins are limited to two four-year terms in office under the terms of Section 11 of Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution.
In May 2010, The group "We Will Not Fall Fort Collins" launched the recall effort.
William Flinn, the District 2 resident who filed the recall and who was a leader in the recall effort, said, "The people in District 2 expect to be represented by a councilor who will honor the United States Constitution, serve the people's best interest, and who will say 'no' to special-interest lobbying groups and foreign organizations." When Flinn talked about "foreign organizations," he was referencing the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). Flinn claimed that ICLEI had plans to "transform local government, restrict business development and growth, eliminate personal-vehicle use, control population and equalize incomes worldwide." In Flinn's view, The Climate Action Plan unanimously adopted by the Fort Collins City Council, prevented "local elected officials from making local decisions."
In a written affidavit submitted in response to the recall effort, Poppaw said she "ran for this position to represent you, keep Fort Collins one of America's best places to live and to protect our quality of life. I have kept my oath of office and the pledges I have made to my constituents."
Calling the effort "unwise," The Fort Collins Coloradoan editorialized against the recall, writing "the recall effort appears to be harassment."
Upon approval of the petition form by the city clerk's office, recall organizers had 30 days to circulate petitions to get a sufficient number of District 2 electors' signatures to force a recall election. The number of signatures required was equal to 25% of the total ballots cast in the April 2007 municipal election in District 2.
To force a recall election, organizers had until June 18, 2013 to collect 1,086 valid signatures from registered Fort Collins voters from District 2. (District 2 is in the area east of College Avenue between Drake and Harmony roads.) No signatures were submitted to the city clerk by the deadline.
After recall organizers failed to submit signatures, Poppaw commented:
- I’m proud of my service to the citizens of District 2 in Fort Collins and I thank them for their support. I have offered mainstream leadership for our district that keeps government accountable and transparent, protects our natural resources and local economy, and provides safe parks and neighborhoods for my constituents. Now let’s get back to the important work of addressing the community’s problems and making Fort Collins one of the best places to live in America.
On April 5, 2011, Lisa Poppaw was re-elected to a second four-year term on the Fort Collins City Council.
- City of Fort Collins website
- City Councilmember Lisa Poppaw profile on Fort Collins website
- City Councilmember Lisa Poppaw website
- '"Poppaw recall petitions approved," Fort Collins Coloradoan; May 21, 2010.
- "Now we can get on with city's business," Fort Collins Coloradoan; June 20, 2010.
- "Group cites an issue with effort to recall Poppaw", Fort Collins, Coloradoan; June 12, 2010.
- "Ft. Collins council member faces recall bid", Denver Post; May 25, 2010.
- "Poppaw Defeats Recall Attempt," www.lisapoppaw.org; June 18, 2010.
- "Lisa Poppaw wins race for District 2," Collegian; April 5, 2011.