It’s no secret that I was involved in trying to recall former Supervisor Darren Spellman. Some of us couldn’t abide his objectionable behavior, his lack of effort, his missed committee meetings and so forth. The recall effort was as much to change his conduct as it was to replace him. We didn’t get enough signatures and so there was no recall vote.
I have always believed that politicians are employees of the people and we can hire and fire them – even midway into their terms. Recalls are a perfectly legal way to do this. Some may have an opinion that recalls are divisive and a waste of time and money. Our supervisors obviously think that because they refused to certify the recall vote, thus costing the taxpayers an extra $1,000 to process it. Recalls may be divisive but they are also a last-resort way for citizens to get the attention of their representatives.