Anna Tavera-Weller and Terry Howell recall, Forest Grove School Board, Oregon (2011)
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. Forest Grove School Board member Kate Grandusky signed the recall petition.
Path to the ballot
On June 28th, Jodi Giddings submitted recall paperwork to the Washington County elections office. 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. On September 20, Giddings submitted 1,861 signatures to recall Howell and 1,875 signatures to recall Tavera-Weller. On September 26th, Washington County certified enough signatures to force a special recall election on November 1. 66% of voters voted to recall Tavera-Weller, while 59% voted to recall Howell. The remaining three school board members must unanimously vote for replacement board members, or else the education service district will appoint new members.
- The Oregonian, "2 Forest Grove School Board members recalled Tuesday in special election," November 1, 2011
- The Oregonian, "Forest Grove parent files petition to recall two school board members," June 29, 2011
- The Oregonian, "Forest Grove roundup: Election intrigue, recall drama and a judge is accused of a crime," September 14, 2011
- Forest Grove News-Times, "1,800-plus signatures send recall to county," September 21, 2011
- The Oregonian, "Washington County certifies Forest Grove School Board recall signatures," September 26, 2011