Lakeside City Council recall, Oregon, 2009

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Petitions to recall all Lakeside City Council Members were filed in August 2009. Two separate petitions were filed. The first petition was filed August 13 by Lakeside Senior Center President Kathleen Gould. The petition targeted: Councilors Mack Eubanks, Clark Anderson, Rod Schilling, Chrysta Swift and Elaine Armstrong. The second petition was filed August 17 by local resident Calvin Walker. The petition targeted: Mayor Orville Nelson and Councilor Tim Crockett.[1] The recall election is scheduled for November 17, 2009.[2]

On November 17, 2009 the recall effort was defeated. Had both recalls been successful Lakeside would have been left without a mayor and city council.[3]

Election results

The Lakeside City Council and Mayor defeated the recall efforts on November 17, 2009.[4]

Orville Nelson recall
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 417 63.18%
Yes 243 36.82%
Total votes 660 100.00%
Voter turnout  %

Clark Anderson recall
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 417 63.66%
Yes 238 36.34%
Total votes 655 100.00%
Voter turnout  %

Elaine Armstrong recall
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 396 60.27%
Yes 261 39.73%
Total votes 657 100.00%
Voter turnout  %

Tim Crockett recall
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 467 70.65%
Yes 194 29.35%
Total votes 661 100.00%
Voter turnout  %

Mack Eubanks recall
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 428 65.44%
Yes 226 34.56%
Total votes 654 100.00%
Voter turnout  %

Rod Schilling recall
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 395 60.86%
Yes 254 39.14%
Total votes 649 100.00%
Voter turnout  %

Chrysta Swift recall
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 397 60.80%
Yes 256 39.20%
Total votes 653 100.00%
Voter turnout  %

Reason for recall

According to Gould's filed petition, the five councilors do not work well together with the remaining council and the only thing they have "accomplished is tear the city down through disinformation and disrupting the functions of city employees."

Walker's filed petition, which targeted Mayor Nelso and Councilor Crockett, alleged that the mayor had abused his power and was unable to run an open and honest government. Additionally, Walker alleged that Crockett was not able to work with the newly elected council and had, in the past, been found guilty of a government ethics violation. According to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission Crockett did violate an ethics rule in 2008 and received a fine.[1]


A special election was estimated to cost $4,000. However, had the completed petitions not been filed on the same day then two special elections would have been held, costing the city $8,000.[1]

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