Jack Henderson recall, Tombstone, Arizona (2012)

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A vote about whether to recall Jack Henderson from his position as mayor of Tombstone, Arizona, in Cochise County took place on March 13, 2012.[1] Henderson was first elected in 2010. The recall effort was initiated in May 2011. Henderson was recalled.[2]

Reasons for recall

Recall supporters said Henderson had failed to protect the infrastructure of Tombstone. Recall organizers said that the city’s water system, fire department, and graveyard were being neglected and were in need of maintenance. Henderson was accused of spending the city's money on things that have “no immediate benefit to the residents of Tombstone.”[3]

Henderson's response

In response to the recall effort, Henderson said that he had secured a $600,000 water purification system and a number of government surplus vehicles at no cost to the city. He also said he has saved Tombstone $160,000 by resolving 27 Arizona Department of Environmental Quality citations that had been leveled against the previous administration. Henderson also claimed credit for bringing city wells into compliance, securing a $50,000 grant for the repair and restoration of a water line, making local road repairs, and expanding the community food bank. Henderson also cited the addition of full-time, paid firefighters as evidence of his success as mayor.[3]

Path to the ballot

The recall committee gathered 162 signatures in order to force a recall election. Stephen Schmidt ran against Henderson in the recall election, which took place on March 13, 2012.[3]

Election results

  • Votes to retain: Jack Henderson: 249 Defeatedd[4]
  • Votes to replace Jack Henderson with Stephen Schmidt: 298 Approveda

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