Tommy Adams, Willie Lee Land, and Terrya Norsworthy recall, Jasper, Texas (2011)

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An attempt to recall Tommy Adams, Willie Lee Land, and Terrya Norsworthy from their elected positions as members of the city council of Jasper, Texas, was launched on June 28, 2011. A recall election took place on November 8, 2011. Norsworthy and Land were recalled from their seats while Adams retained his seat.[1]

Tommy Adams represents District 3, Willie Lee Land represents District 4, and Terrya Norsworthy is the Mayor Pro-Tem and the At-Large representative.[2] The three council members had filed a case in federal court seeking an injunction to stop the recall election.[3]

Reasons for recall

The recall effort was led by area lawyer Mike Getz through a group called the League of Concerned Citizens for Jasper.[4] The League of Concerned Citizens accused all three recall targets of incompetence and misconduct. All three recall targets were African-American and had voted earlier this year to hire the city's first African-American police chief. Recall organizers said that more competent candidates had been passed over for the job.[1]

Path to the ballot

The ability to force a recall election in Jasper is laid out in the city's charter. According to the recall rules set forth in that charter, a recall election for a city council member can be mandated if a petition is signed by at least 30% of registered voters. The current petition will need signatures from approximately 324 registered Jasper voters to force a recall.[2]

Election results

  • Percentage of votes to recall Tommy Adams: 25% Defeatedd
  • Percentage of votes to recall Willie Lee Land: 59% Approveda
  • Percentage of votes to recall Terrya Norsworthy: 54% Approveda

See also