Jim Bernard recall, Clackamas County, Oregon (2012)

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An effort to recall Jim Bernard from his position as a Clackamas County commissioner was launched in August 2012.[1] The recall effort fell short in November 2012 when recall supporters failed to submit signatures.[2]

Reasons for recall

Former Oregon City commissioner Dan Holladay filed the recall paperwork. Holladay lost to Bernard in the 2010 election for a county commission election. Bernard is accused of having a conflict of interest over the Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension and of using his position to benefit his wife, who is the county’s tourism director. The Oregon Government Ethics Commission reviewed the complaint against Bernard, who stands to receive $20,000 and other payments for relocating his downtown Milwaukie business to make room for a light rail extension.[1] The ethics complaint was dismissed in September 2012.[3]

Bernard files complaint

Bernard filed a complaint with the Oregon Secretary of State, saying that the recall petition against him contains factually inaccurate information.[4]

Path to the ballot

In order to force a recall election, recall organizers would have needed to submit 23,444 signatures by late November 2012.[1] Recall organizers failed to submit any signatures, and the recall campaign was dropped.[2]

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