Sheila Whitley recall, Atwater School Board, California (2012)

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A vote about whether to recall Sheila Whitley from her position on the school board of the Atwater School District in Merced County, California, took place on October 16, 2012.[1] Whitley resigned from the board on July 27, but the recall election, which had already qualified for the ballot, moved forward, and Whitley was recalled from her position.[2] The recall effort was launched in May 2012.[3] Whitley was the trustee for Area 4.

Reasons for recall

Roger Wood, a former board member, served as the spokesman for recall organizers. The catalyst for recall was a school board vote in which Whitley and two other board members voted to fire Superintendent Melinda Hennes. The Merced County District Attorney is investigating whether open meetings laws were violated in conjunction with the firing of Hennes.[4]

Path to the ballot

Whitley was served the notice of intention to recall on May 25. 300 signatures of Area 4 voters needed to be submitted in order to trigger a recall election.[3] Recall organizers submitted signatures at the end of June,[5] and sufficient signatures were found to be valid. Whitley resigned from the board on July 27, but the recall election moved forward since the recall question had already qualified for the ballot. After the signatures were certified, the school district had 88 to 125 days to schedule a recall election.[6] A recall election was scheduled for October 16, 2012.[1] Whitley ran against replacement candidate Larry Whitney.[7] Whitley was recalled from office and replaced with Larry Whitney.[2]

Election results

  • Votes to recall Sheila Whitley: 154 Approveda
  • Votes to retain Sheila Whitley: 23

See also