A group of Coeur d’Alene citizens is organizing a petition to recall the council members who have voted in support of the McEuen Field conceptual plan.
The group, called ReCallCdA, will seek enough signatures from registered voters to recall council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers, Deanna Goodlander and Mayor Sandi Bloem.
Frank Orzell, an organizer of the group, spoke to The Press this afternoon about the group's effort.
A press release Orzell delivered states the incumbents have “failed to represent the voice of the community in their excessive spending of taxpayer monies. Included in the list of examples being cited by voters across the city are the approval of a $39 million plan for McEuen Park, excessive salaries for city employees and a growing list of other projects..."
Orzell said he will deliver 20 signatures, the amount required to begin a recall petition drive, to the City Clerk’s Office tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Once the office certifies the document, ReCallCdA will have 75 days to collect signatures from 20 percent of the registered voters during the last election to put the recall vote on the November ballot.
The total number of registered Coeur d’Alene voters in 2011, the last election, was 21,554. That means each petition needs to collect 4,311 signatures.
To recall an official, the outcome must not only be a majority, but each incumbent must receive more votes in favor of a recall than the incumbent received votes during their last election.
Kennedy, McEvers, Goodlander and Bloem each won reelection in 2009, winning between 3,146 to 3,955 votes at the time, so the recall would have to exceed those numbers in order to succeed in its effort.