Concerned citizens demand recall of Russellville, Arkansas mayor in upcoming November election because of his poor economic decisions
Local citizens in Russellville, Arkansas have announced a campaign to have Mayor Richard Harris recalled in a November election.
Kristin Foster, resident and public policy advocate, has reported the decision was made following a meeting where disgruntled residents met on a variety of issues, including firework permits, casino permits and most recently, marijuana permit issues.
Foster stated that citizens are frustrated with what they feel are poor economic decisions, specifically citing the mayor’s refusal to be a tie-breaker in a vote on whether or not to allow a permit for a medical marijuana dispensary in the community. The city council vote in May was tied 4-4 when Harris refused to cast the tie-breaking vote, causing the motion to fail.
The decision has resulted in a lawsuit against the city. 420 Rx Inc. has filed a suit against the major and city council over the zoning permit refusal.
“As your mayor, I will not cast a vote on this issue because it’s so divided, and I will let the council make the decision on this,” Harris said at the time.
The recall campaign, however, does not seem to be solely related to the dispensary permit stance, or lack thereof. The group also cited issues with how Harris handled neo-Nazis interrupting a Holocaust event, though the impetus for forming the group was the dispensary permit vote.
Under Arkansas law, in order to win a special recall vote, it is necessary to collect signatures amounting to 36 percent of the total number of votes cast for all candidates for that office at the preceding general election. The group reports it intends to collect 2,900 signatures to be included on the November 2019 ballot.
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