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Kevin Stufflebean recall, Coos County, Oregon, 2009

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A Kevin Stufflebean recall election has been certified for the May 5, 2009 ballot in Coos County, Oregon. The recall was defeated.[1]
  • Yes: 8,244 (45%)
  • No: 10,045 (55%) Defeatedd


A group called "Citizens for Fair and Open Government" formed shortly after the December 31 announcement that 22 Coos County Road Department workers would be laid off as of January 20, 2009.[2].[3]

Led by former Coos County roadmaster Larry Van Elsberg, the group says the manner in which the layoff decision was made was the main reason for the recall.[2]

Coos County has three commissioners altogether. Stufflebean's current term ends in December 2010. The remaining two commissioners, Nikke Whitty and Bob Main, will have the responsibility of appointing an interim commissioner if Stufflebean is recalled on May 5.

Signature requirements

To qualify the recall question for the ballot, 5,290 signatures were submitted on March 17, 2009 to county election officials. 3,773 valid signatures were required, and the county determined that 4,747 were valid.[4]

Stufflebean's defense

Responding to the recall campaign, Stufflebean has urged residents to vote against recalling him on the grounds that:

  • "Losing me as a commissioner would be very critical to the future of Coos County because of the work I've done for children, families and seniors."[5]
  • "People have already seen the benefits of the reductions. They have seen that we are moving forward with several road improvements throughout Coos County that we anticipated. Because we had been investing in staffing levels versus doing what's right for the taxpayers and upgrading our infrastructure system."[5]

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