Matt Langer and Dave Grant recall, Sherwood, Oregon (2014)

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An effort to recall council members Matt Langer and Dave Grant in Sherwood, Oregon from their positions was launched on October 14, 2013 by Robert James Claus. Recall proponents failed to submit signatures to the city by the January 13, 2014 deadline.[1]

The recall petition stated that Langer and Grant did not represent the community's livability and citizen partnership values. Additionally, it noted that Langer had a conflict of interest in selling real estate. The effort was initiated by a controversial incoming Walmart.[2]

For Langer, this effort came only months after another effort failed in August 2013 for not having sufficient signatures by the deadline.

Response to the recall effort

Grant's response

In response to the effort, Grant said, "I just want citizens to see it for what it is. It's just a chronic pattern of vengeful behavior, long before I came around." Of the Walmart controversy, he said, "They would not have been my first choice, but we don't choose that. I've been pretty vocal about private property rights and conservative government."[3]

Grant was first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2010. Grant has said he will not seek re-election in 2014.[1]

Langer's response

Langer called the recall effort, "a waste of focus for our community that could otherwise be focused on something positive like our community center." Of the Walmart controversy and allegations of conflict of interest regarding real estate development deals, he said that he recused himself from votes, including on the development of Langer Farms Parkway Road and system development charges. The Sherwood City Attorney said Langer could vote on measures that would affect Walmart.[4]

Langer was elected in 2010 and is up for re-election in 2014. As of January 2014, he had not decided if he would run again.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Oregon

Notices for an "intent to recall" were filed October 14, 2013. In order to trigger a recall election supporters needed to collect and submit a minimum of 1,011 valid signatures within 90 days.[2] The city did not receive signatures by the January 13, 2014 deadline

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