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Mark Funkhouser recall, Kansas City, Missouri, 2009

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An effort to recall Mark Funkhouser, the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, is underway in April 2009.[1]

Efforts to recall Mayor Funkhouser began in January 2008 and have picked up steam in early 2009.[2] Nepotism and breach of public trust were two reasons listed on the recall affidavit.[3]

Funkhouse barely survived a close recall election and currently remains the mayor of Kansas City. He plans to campaign for re-election.[4]

Basis for recall

The city charter requires that reasons be given for initiating a recall:

Grounds for recall must relate to and affect the administration of the officials office, and be of a substantial nature directly affecting the rights and interests of the public. Grounds for recall are limited to objective reasons which reasonable people, regardless of their political persuasion, could agree would render any officials performance ineffective, which must be an act of misfeasance, the improper performance of some act which may lawfully be done, or malfeasance, the commission of some act wholly beyond the officials authority, or nonfeasance, the failure to perform a required duty. The Council shall not fail to place the matter before the voters based on the inadequacy of the grounds stated by the committee of petitioners.

Signature requirements

Supporters of the recall must obtain 17,000 valid signatures of registered voters in order to get the issue on the August 2009 ballot.[1]

See also