Fraser Rec District recall election was not undertaken lightly
December 8, 2008
To the Editor:
I absolutely agree with Friday’s editorial. Recall elections should be used as a last resort.
If there ever was need for extreme measures now is the time. If you don’t call signing a contract that changes the status of a publicly held tax-free bond to a private property bond an extreme situation, then I don’t know what is.
To suggest that our recall election efforts have been flippant is insulting. It was a intricate and complicated process that is not yet over with. It took hundreds of hours and dozens of people to make this happen.
This summer the current board told us in a public meeting that if we wanted disclosure that we would have to come at them legally for it. They forced us to take this legal recourse.
As a community we do elect our board members to represent us based on character. The thing is that none of the board members that are being recalled were actually elected. In the 2006 election no other candidates but O’Connell, Sands, and Strohecker had filed to run at the 2 month application cutoff mark. Cindy Flores, the acting election official then, canceled the election. This was the earliest time (not the latest) in which the application process could be canceled. In essence these board members were not elected by the very people that they represent.
You are correct that there are very few blunders that require such severe action.
There HAS been a gross misuse of power and there may be criminal activity proven before this is all over.
This recall effort was not gone into lightly or without forethought. From the overwhelming support we have received from the community it would also appear that they agree that there is good reason in going forward with it.
It seems to me that there is some confusion as to who’s actually responsible for what has transpired here. It has been the board’s unwillingness to be forthcoming that has pitted neighbor against neighbor. Let’s not forget that it was the board who said that if we wanted information then we would have to get it through the legal system and forced us into this “costly” recall election. It hasn’t been easy, but that’s exactly what we are doing.
So now we will let the voters decide.