Gov. Butch Otter’s recall endorsement of two West Ada School District trustee’s last May has put the district’s recall effort on a list of notable recalls by Ballotpedia, an online encyclopedia of federal, state and local politics.
Governors rarely step into local recall efforts, said Daniel Anderson, local desk editor for Ballotpedia.
The West Ada recall, which ousted board members Tina Dean and Carol Sayles, also included the resignations of Julie Madsen, who said a recall would be distracting, and Russell Joki, who said he resigned for personal reasons.
Recall supporters complained about how the board treated then-Superintendent Linda Clark and also said trustees weren’t transparent.
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Five days before the May 17 election, Otter and First Lady Lori Otter announced they backed the recall. West Ada School District had distinguished itself in education, Gov. Otter said. “"It is important to keep building on, rather than disrupting, the success that West Ada School District has achieved."
Efforts to stop the recall through a lawsuit also made the West Ada effort unusual, Anderson said. Joki and Sayles unsuccessfully argued that the recall petitions did not contain sufficient signatures.
West Ada’s recall is recounted in Ballotpedia’s mid-year report, which also highlights recall efforts against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, growing out of the Flint, Mich., water problems and efforts to recall Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.