Jim Bernard recall, Clackamas County, Oregon (2012)
An effort to recall Jim Bernard from his position as a Clackamas County commissioner was launched in August 2012. The recall effort fell short in November 2012 when recall supporters failed to submit signatures.
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. The ethics complaint was dismissed in September 2012.
Bernard files complaint
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. Recall organizers failed to submit any signatures, and the recall campaign was dropped.
- The Oregonian, "Former Oregon City commissioner files to recall Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard," August 7, 2012
- The Oregonian, "Recall effort against Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard fails," November 21, 2012
- The Oregonian, "Ethics complaint against Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard dismissed," September 7, 2012
- The Oregonian, "Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard files complaint against recall effort as petition hits procedural hurdle," August 20, 2012
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