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Greg York recall, Parsons, Kansas (2012)
A vote about whether to recall Greg York from his elected position as a Parsons, Kansas city commissioner took place on August 7, 2012. York was retained. The recall effort was launched in February 2012.
Reasons for recall
Richard Housley, Craig Sonka and Mary Kinsch organized the recall effort. Recall supporters alleged that York failed to perform his duties as a commissioner and that he committed multiple acts of misconduct. The official grounds for recall listed on the petition were "misconduct and failure to perform duties as prescribed by law." York was accused of removing octogenarian Vetta Stewart from open public meetings in August 2010 and again in November 2011. During the November 2011 incident, Stewart was allegedly physically removed by three men while she was sitting in her chair, resulting in injuries. York was also accused of leaving the commission meeting in September 2011 after failing to control his temper, being belligerent and rude at a meeting on January 17th, having a conflict of interest by working for Higher Calling Technologies which receives work from the city, and failing to recuse himself from voting privileges on a deal that granted debt relief to a building in which York lived.
York initially said he would not respond to the allegations against him, saying he "should not have to defend himself against half truths and lies.” On March 1st, York released a statement, saying that as an elected official, he has "done everything morally, ethically and legally required." He said if the allegations against him were true, he "would immediately remove himself from this commission, but they are not (true).”
Path to the ballot
Recall petitioners had until May 27, 2012 to gather the signatures of 176 registered voters. On May 11, recall organizers submitted 265 signatures to Labette County Clerk Linda Schreppel. Schreppel apologized to recall organizers, telling them that the number of signatures necessary had been miscalculated. Schreppel said that 232 signatures were necessary, rather than the 176 signatures petitioners had been told they needed to collect. However, 252 signatures were found to be valid, which was enough to trigger a recall election. A recall election took place on August 7, 2012.