Randy Crowder recall, Clovis, New Mexico (2014)
An effort to recall Commissioner Randy Crowder in Clovis, New Mexico from his position was launched in January 2014. A week later, the leader of the recall effort announced she was no longer pursuing the recall.
Recall supporter arguments
Clovis citizen Jan Elliot announced her intention to launch a recall effort against Crowder at a January 2014 commission meeting. She citied as her reason for pursuing Crowder's recall a telephone conversation with Crowder regarding an ad hoc committee created to investigate policies and procedures relating to city economic development. During the call, Elliot alleged that Crowder was "very paranoid." Elliot ran an unsuccessful campaign against Crowder for the District 1 commission seat in 2012.
Crowder said that "there are two sides to every story," but did not elaborate. "I probably did a poor job of answering that," Crowder said during the meeting.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in New Mexico
To recall Crowder, Elliot needed to gather signatures from the registered voters of the district (Distrct 1) equal to at least 20 percent of the district's turnout in the most recent municipal election -- in this case, 322 valid signatures. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said that Elliot would need a petition certified and then would have 60 days to gather signatures.
According to Melancon, the city has not had a successful recall since at least 1982.
- Clovis News Journal, "Citizen says she intends to seek recall against Commissioner Randy Crowder," January 2, 2014
- The Recall Elections Blog, "New Mexico: Clovis commissioner facing petitions from previous opponent," January 3, 2014
- Clovis News Journal, "No recall after all in District 1," January 9, 2014
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