Mayor Condon

Here’s How To Recall Mayor Condon (just in case you’re wondering)

Mayor Condon’s shenanigans of late appear to merit exploration of a recall campaign. Here’s the process to get it done (just in case you’re wondering).

In the City of Spokane, there are two possible processes to recall the mayor. The first is driven by the Ethics Commission and is far simpler than the second, which is driven by citizen petition. Here’s a simplified outline for both:

How to Recall a Mayor

Ethics Commission

  1. City’s Ethics Commission recommends a recall election to City Council based on the City’s Code of Ethics.
  2. City Council must approve the recommendation with a majority plus two vote (assuming all seven Council members are present, that means six votes).
  3. Recall takes place at the next available general or special election.
  4. If recall election is successful, City Council may appoint a City of Spokane resident or one of themselves to fill the vacant office.

The above process is from the Spokane City Charter, sections 8(c) and 8.5.

 

Citizen Petition

  1. Any legal voter of the City of Spokane may file a demand for recall with the Spokane County Auditor that clearly states his/her charges against the Mayor — the key words here being misfeasance, malfeasance, and violation of oath of office.
  2. Spokane County’s prosecuting attorney writes the recall ballot’s synopsis.
  3. Spokane County Superior Court determines conformance and sufficiency of recall petition with Washington State codes, and will also review (and potentially revise) the recall ballot’s synopsis. The court does not consider the validity of the petitioner’s charges.
  4. Once Superior Court signs-off, you can start collecting signatures to get the recall question on the ballot. You need 25% of the total number of votes cast for the office based on the previous election totals. In the case of recalling Spokane’s mayor (assuming it happens before the next mayoral election), you’ll need 12,927 qualified signatures.
  5. Signatures are verified via the Spokane County Auditor.
  6. A recall election is scheduled sometime between 45 and 90 days from signature verification.
  7. If recall election is successful, City Council may appoint a City of Spokane resident or one of themselves to fill the vacant office.

The above process is from Revised Code of Washington, 29A.56 110 – 270. Step 7 is from Spokane City Charter section 8(c).

Cover photo taken from the City of Spokane’s website.

 

This blog is written by Mike Tedesco, officially a candidate for Mayor of Spokane, 2019. Check out his other totally awesome website at votetedesco.com.