4th Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley recall announcements
I've been asked to forward announcements about the initiative to recall 4th Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley and boycott the Atkins Corporation (to follow) over their attempts to force Ward reapportionment Trial D on multiple neighborhoods in the Third and Fourth Ward, against the advice of the Ward Reapportionment Committee (WRC), public commentary -- and even Trib publisher Hank Waters.
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1) Daryl Dudley Recall Initiative
A group organizing the recall expects to have a petition drafted by today 10/10 and printed by Tuesday, 10/11. "Although the first volunteers will hit the streets on Tuesday, we expect our kickoff meeting will be Wednesday or Thursday (we'll get date, time and location verified tomorrow)," says group member Jeannette Jackson-Thompson, vice president of the Park Hill Improvement Association.
Contact your 4th Ward neighborhood association president for more information.
Several First and Third Ward neighborhood associations are supporting the effort, so if you live in the First or Third Ward, contact your neighborhood association as well.
An updated contact list of neighborhood associations is at this link:
To find out which neighborhood association you are in, visit:
2) The history of Council Person Recall
Recall efforts are not new to Columbia. In 1988, a move to recall then Mayor Rodney Smith kicked off over charges of City Hall racism and arrogance (imagine that). In 1991, voters successfully recalled 5th Ward Councilman Chester Edwards for "siding with a developer in a land use dispute," the Trib reported (imagine that, too).
Finally, in 2006 talk of recalling First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton reached petition stage in the First Ward. That movement died down after Crayton ran for re-election against a popular opponent, Paul Sturtz, who won.
3) The law of Council Person Recall
Columbia's City Charter governs recall efforts under ARTICLE XVII. INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL, specifically SECTIONS 136-140. Link here:
"Section 136. Recall Petition: Any officer elected by vote of the people may be removed by the voters qualified to vote for a successor to such incumbent. The procedure to effect the removal of such incumbent shall be as follows," the Charter explains. At least 30% of the number of votes cast in the Council person's election must sign the petition, or roughly 1,500 registered voters.
The petition is then put to a vote of the people. "When a sufficient recall petition has been filed, the city clerk shall submit the same to the council without delay, and the council shall call an election on said recall at the next election provided for by state law." The Recall Ballot shall then read:
Shall Councilman Daryl Dudley be removed from office?
If Mr. Dudley is recalled, Section 9 of the City Charter instructs that "Every vacancy in any elective office shall be filled by the council for a period running to the next regular election, unless such period exceeds one year. In the latter case, the council shall make provision for a special election."
As one wag pointed out, "Watch out -- they might appoint Scott Atkins." But Mr. Dudley's remaining term exceeds one year, so the Council would have to call a special election.