Armando Flores and Annie Spradlin recall, Rohnert Park, California (2004)

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A vote about whether to recall Armando Flores and Annie Spradlin from their positions as city council members in Rohnert Park, California in Sonoma County was held on August 24, 2004. The effort to remove Flores and Spradlin from office was unsuccessful.[1]

The unsuccessful attempt to remove Flores and Spradlin from office was based on a controversy in Rohnert Park about whether or not to build a "Las Vegas-style casino" on the outskirts of the city. Flores and Spradlin were in favor of the casino development.[2]

Although the casino would have been built outside of the jurisdictional limits of Rohnert Park, and have been under the control of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the Rohnert Park City Council voted on a $200 million revenue-sharing pact with the tribe. Flores and Spradlin supported that pact.[2]

The Flores and Spradlin recall election was the first recall election in the history of the City of Rohnert Park, which was established as a city in 1962.[3]

Election results

Flores

Armando Flores recall
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No5,37155.0%
Yes 4,402 45.0%

Spradlin

Annie Spradlin recall
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No5,47255.6%
Yes 4,371 44.4%

Recall supporters

An organization called "Stop the Casino 101 Coalition" spearheaded the recall effort.[2]

The editorial board of the Press Democrat urged a "yes" vote on the recall, writing, "It's a referendum on how the council majority has handled this highly sensitive community issue. In particular, it concerns the council's refusal to make important decisions in public and its decision to forge ahead with a casino revenue-sharing agreement without a clear community mandate. On these points, we agree that the council majority has failed in its responsibilities, and we support the recall." The paper also said that the election was "the most divisive in the city's 42-year history".[3]

Campaign spending

Adding up the campaign spending of the "yes" and "no" sides of the recall, about $200,000 was spent on the recall campaign.[4]

See also

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