Anna Tavera-Weller and Terry Howell recall, Forest Grove School Board, Oregon (2011)

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Anna Tavera-Weller and Terry Howell were recalled from their positions as members of the school board of Forest Grove in a special recall election on November 1, 2011.[1] Both officials had served on the board since 2009.

Reasons for recall

Recall organizer Jodi Giddings said that Tavera-Weller and Howell voted "consistently in support of the upper administration's agenda, and typically disregard alternative viewpoints." Giddings also accused Tavera-Weller of "incoherence of basic board meeting etiquette or the required process to facilitate meetings." Recall organizers also cited Tavera-Weller and Howell's votes of approval for a $48.5 million budget that grants administrative pay raises while trimming $7.5 million from school programs and staff.[2] Forest Grove School Board member Kate Grandusky signed the recall petition.[3]

Path to the ballot

On June 28th, Jodi Giddings submitted recall paperwork to the Washington County elections office.[2] Recall organizers had 90 days days to gather 1,616 signatures for each recall target, which represents 15 percent of the number of school district voters in the May 2011 election.[2] On September 20, Giddings submitted 1,861 signatures to recall Howell and 1,875 signatures to recall Tavera-Weller.[4] On September 26th, Washington County certified enough signatures to force a special recall election on November 1.[5] 66% of voters voted to recall Tavera-Weller, while 59% voted to recall Howell.[1] The remaining three school board members must unanimously vote for replacement board members, or else the education service district will appoint new members.[1]

Election results

  • Votes to recall Anna Tavera-Weller: 2,198 Approveda
  • Votes to retain Anna Tavera-Weller: 1,089
  • Votes to recall Terry Howell: 1,961 Approveda
  • Votes to retain Terry Howell: 1,137

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