Recall campaigns in North Dakota
= The targeted politician resigned after a recall campaign was begun, and before the vote on the recall would have taken place.
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MAYVILLE, North Dakota: The first recall election of 2013 is on the books. Mike Carr and Larry O'Brien, city councilors in Mayville, will face a recall election on January 16, 2013. Local citizens began circulating recall petitions after both Carr and O'Brien voted to eliminate the position of city public works director Byron Kleven. Kleven was drawing a salary of just over $50,000. His duties will be taken over by the city auditor. Mayville has a population of 2,000. Recall target Carr defends his vote to eliminate the position, saying, "It became more of an administrative position when it was designed to be more of a working position...I really don't feel there is a need for it in a city that size. Something bigger, maybe 10,000 people or higher, would need a position like that.”
Candidates wishing to challenge the incumbent city councilors have until November 19 to file nominating petitions. In 2012, two recall elections took place in North Dakota. In Valley City, Bob Werkhoven was retained as mayor, while council member Ken Evenson was recalled. In Bottineau, former mayor Douglas Marsden was recalled from office.
WALSH COUNTY, North Dakota: Efforts to recall a Walsh County sheriff were given the green light this month as North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved efforts for the petition circulation process. If a minimum of 1,236 valid signatures are collected and submitted to state officials then the recall election will move forward. Supporters have a year to collect the signatures.
According to reports, the recall effort was launched following Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild's decision to fire Ron Nord, a local deputy. Nord had previously run against Wild in the November general election. Nord lost the election. Supporters of the recall effort reportedly have 27 people lined up to circulate the petitions.
- ↑ Grand Forks Herald, "2 Mayville council members face recall election", October 16, 2012
- ↑ WDAY, "Mayville city council members facing recall election", October 31, 2012
- ↑ KFGO,"Jaeger Approves Sheriff Recall Petitions," November 18, 2010
- ↑ The Grand Forks Herald,"Walsh County Sheriff recall to go forward," November 18, 2010