Micheal Anderson and Matt Joppich, Hesperia School District, Michigan (2013)
An effort to recall Micheal Anderson and Matt Joppich from their positions as school board members of Hesperia School District, Michigan was held on November 5, 2013.
Constituents voted for two school board members. The list included Anderson and Joppich and their challengers, Scott Wenberg, Xendra Sheppard and Carrie Kruppe.
Micheal Anderson was recalled from his seat on the school board and was replaced by Scott Wenberg.
Matt Joppich retained his seat on the school board.
The following are the unofficial results of the recall attempt:
1. Matthew Joppich: 567 or 24.76%
2. Scott Wenberg: 565 or 24.67%
3. Micheal Anderson: 540 or 23.58%
4. Xendra Sheppard: 530 or 23.14%
5. Carrie Kruppe: 88 or 3.84%
ballot measure article has preliminary election results. Certified election results will be added as soon as they are made available by the state or county election office.
The recall effort was launched by "Citizens for Total Education" following the board's decision not to renew Doug Baird's contract to coach wrestling. Baird was kept as a teacher and cross-country coach. The board's actions came after Baird was reprimanded for two incidents: "alleged used of marijuana by Hesperia wrestlers while on an overnight trip and failure to report alleged inappropriate touching between two students." Both Anderson and Joppich voted to not renew Baird's contract.
"Citizens for Total Education" argued that the school board ignored residents that questioned the actions towards Baird.
Supporters of the school board members said that Baird needed to be held accountable.
Path to the ballot
A total of 315 signatures were required to move the recall forward. Oceana County Clerk Rebecca Griffin reported that nearly 600 signatures were submitted. According to reports, the signatures were collected in a five day period.
Board member Jeff Thome was originally included in the recall effort. He challenged the recall petition wording in circuit court. He lost the appeal but there was insufficient time to place his recall on the November ballot. According to recall organizers, an effort may be relaunched for February.