BISMARCK, N.D. — Efforts to oust officials in North Dakota communities have risen for the third year in a row.
Nine recall committees across the state have targeted 11 officials this year, compared to seven recall efforts in 2016, The Bismarck Tribune reported.
Among this year’s recalls is Julie Johnson, who was serving her second term as a member of the Kindred City Council when she ousted Tuesday after a three-way election. Jason DuBord will take her place in October.
“I think maybe I’m going to relax a little bit now,” Johnson said. “It’s been a really long year.”
The City Council attracted media attention when Johnson, the mayor and a former auditor argued at a meeting earlier this year. Petitioners accused Johnson of aggressive and divisive behavior.
Johnson said she feels relieved, “because things are out in the open now.”
A committee in McKenzie County is seeking to recall county commissioners Gene Veeder and Douglas Nordby. Erica Johnsrud, the county’s auditor and treasurer, said the committee will need nearly 1,150 signatures of qualified voters for each of the petitions.
A recall petition for Commissioner Vawnita Best was also created, but it expired. Best will be on the ballot in 2018.
Some recall attempts in the state that have failed, including efforts in LaMoure County and in Bismarck, had enough signatures collected, but were invalidated after official scrutiny.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com