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Hermiston City Council recall, Hermiston, Oregon (2012)

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A vote about whether to recall Bob Severson, Rod Hardin, Jackie Myers, Joe Harn and Frank Harkenrider from their elected positions in Hermiston, Oregon in Umatilla County took place on June 5th, 2012.[1] All five officials were retained in office.[2] The recall effort was launched in January 2012.[3] Severson serves as mayor of Hermiston, while Hardin, Myers, Harn, and Harkenrider are all members of the city council. Severson, Hardin, and Harn are all serving terms that expire in December 2012. Myers and Harkenrider are serving terms set to expire in 2014.[4]


The Hermiston Governmental Reform Committee organized the recall effort. They began exploring the possibility of recall in November 2011 when recall supporter Cindy Littlefield said, "there are many concerned citizens in Hermiston, who come from a wide variety of occupations and backgrounds, including business persons and other professionals, who have become outraged at the dishonesty, lack of accountability, lack of transparency, ‘cronyism’ and incompetence of the Hermiston City Council. These citizens have consulted with legal counsel and with enough public support, are ready to move forward.”[4]

Path to the ballot

Recall organizers needed to collect 508 signatures for each recall target in order to force a recall election.[5]

On April 18th, recall organizers submitted petitions against each of the five targeted officials. Recall organizers said each petition had approximately 700 signatures.[6]

In late April, it was determined that there were sufficient signatures on all five recall petitions.[7] A recall election took place on June 5th, 2012. Ballots were mailed on May 18th, and Hermiston residents wishing to vote in the election needed to register to vote by May 15.[1] All five officials survived the recall effort.[1]

Election results

  • Votes to recall Bob Severson: 791 Defeatedd
  • Votes to retain Bob Severson: 996
  • Votes to recall Rod Hardin: 790 Defeatedd
  • Votes to retain Rod Hardin: 996
  • Votes to recall Jackie Myers: 854 Defeatedd
  • Votes to retain Jackie Myers: 939
  • Votes to recall Joe Harn: 808 Defeatedd
  • Votes to retain Joe Harn: 974
  • Votes to recall Frank Harkenrider: 883 Defeatedd
  • Votes to retain Frank Harkenrider: 908

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