Ross Arnett recall, Annapolis, Maryland (2014)

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An effort to recall Alderman Ross Arnett in Annapolis, Maryland, from his position was launched in November 2013. Arnett currently serves in Ward 8 and has served on the council since January 2007. The effort was triggered following Arnett's comments to support a council-manager form of government. Nick Roper and Bob Jones formed "Eastport Recalling Arnett."[1] As of April 2015, there is no additional information on this recall and it has been considered abandoned. If you have more information on this event, please contact us.

In a council-manager format, the council manager would report to the city council instead of the mayor. Jones argued that the comment was made in light of the recent November 5, 2013, election when Republican Mike Pantelides narrowly defeated incumbent Mayor Josh Cohen.[2]

Arnett's response

In reaction to the recall effort, Arnett said he was disappointed but noted that his constituents have a right to pursue a recall if they are unhappy. He also said that he regretted the timing of his comments but still supports a change to a council-manager government. Arnett also proposed the idea during former Mayor Cohen's term.[2]

Path to the ballot

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Recall supporters were required to get 1,184 signatures, 30 percent of eligible voters in Ward 8. If supporters succeeded, it would have triggered a ward-wide election.[1] If Arnett was recalled, the seat would have been filled by a special election or by the central committee. The method selected would depend on how much time was left in the term.[2]

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