By Kelly O'Keefe
MAYVILLE, North Dakota: The first recall election of 2013 is on the books. Mike Carr and Larry O'Brien, city councilors in Mayville, will face a recall election on January 16, 2013. Local citizens began circulating recall petitions after both Carr and O'Brien voted to eliminate the position of city public works director Byron Kleven. Kleven was drawing a salary of just over $50,000. His duties will be taken over by the city auditor. Mayville has a population of 2,000. Recall target Carr defends his vote to eliminate the position, saying, "It became more of an administrative position when it was designed to be more of a working position...I really don't feel there is a need for it in a city that size. Something bigger, maybe 10,000 people or higher, would need a position like that.”
Candidates wishing to challenge the incumbent city councilors have until November 19 to file nominating petitions. In 2012, two recall elections took place in North Dakota. In Valley City, Bob Werkhoven was retained as mayor, while council member Ken Evenson was recalled. In Bottineau, former mayor Douglas Marsden was recalled from office.