Russian River Fire Protection District Board recall, California (2014)

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An effort to recall the Russian River Fire Protection District Board in Sonoma County, California was launched in September 2013. The effort initially targeted three of the five board members: Raymond Locke, Kevin O'Shea and Linda Payne.[1] However, the effort is now targeting just O'Shea and Payne. Enough signatures were collected to trigger a recall election, which will likely take place in April 2014.[2]


In early August 2013, the District Board voted in a closed meeting to dismiss District Fire Chief Max Ming. The action enraged local residents, who called for both the reinstating of Ming and the resignation of the board members most responsible for the dismissal. Recall proponents blame Payne because she initiated the vote. They blame O'Shea because he is the board chairman and a former fire chief. They also blame Locke, a new board member, because he helped O'Shea hand Ming his letter of dismissal.[1]

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On September 11, 2013 recall supporters handed O'Shea and Payne notices of intent to recall, beginning the recall process for the two board members. Recall supporters are preparing to start a recall on Locke, but must wait until Locke has held his position on the board for at least 90 days.[1]

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