Russ Moon and Dave Langford recall, Rainier, Oregon (2011)

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A question about whether to recall Russ Moon and Dave Langford from their positions as city councilors in Rainier in Columbia County, Oregon appeared on mail-in ballots between November 28 and December 13, 2011.[1] Moon and Langford were recalled from their seats.[2] The recall effort was launched in October 2011.[3] Both Moon and Langford had served on the city council since 2006.

Recall supporters

Don Puckett was chief petitioner in the recall effort. Puckett said that "I'm being the pawn for someone else, because there are prominent citizens that want a recall but are afraid of retaliation."[3] Recall organizers accuse Moon and Langford of making "back-door agreements" and publicly ridiculing city employees and other council members.[3]

The recall petition said Langford "is rude in public meetings; for example, calling people ignorant, telling them to ‘shut up', accusing city employees of misconduct, thereby opening up the city, as well as himself to liability issues. He does not follow policies and procedures and makes back-door agreements with various agencies without council support."[3]

The recall petition said "Mr. Moon has runoff the (previous) city manager and cost the city compensation due to acting on his own. As a councilman, he must work as part of a team, not a rogue individual."[3]

Councilmen Scott Cooper and Bill Vilardi supported the recall effort.[1]

Recall opposition

According to Moon, "Puckett openly admits that he has never witnessed any of the behavior or actions in the recall. The accusations are false, malicious and unfounded." Councilmen Mike Avent and Phil Butcher said the recall has been divisive.[1]

Path to the ballot

Puckett filed the recall petition on October 24. He had 90 days to gather 110 signatures from the city's 1,050 registered voters.[3] On November 7th, Puckett submitted over 150 signatures.[4]


Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown investigated a criminal complaint against chief petitioner Don Puckett. The complaint, received on November 10, 2011, alleged that Puckett violated a state statute that says, "A person may not knowingly make a false statement, oath or affidavit when a statement, oath or affidavit is required under the election laws."[5] In December 2011, the Secretary of State's office ruled that the complaint was unfounded, and the investigation was closed.[6]

Election results

  • Votes to recall Russ Moon: 351 Approveda
  • Votes to retain Russ Moon: 119
  • Votes to recall Dave Langford: 355 Approveda
  • Votes to retain Dave Langford: 119

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