School board recalls Kansas and Wisconsin elections on November 2 poll – Ballotpedia News
A Kansas school board member and four Wisconsin school board members face recall elections on Nov. 2. Supporters of both efforts cited the school board’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the reasons for the recall.
In Nemaha USD 115 in Kansas, District 1 representative Amy Sudbeck is faced with a yes / no callback question. If a majority of voters vote in favor of the recall, Sudbeck will be removed from office. If a majority of voters vote against the recall, Sudbeck will retain his post.
The recall petition said Sudbeck failed to perform her duties and alleged she violated state laws by voting to require masks in schools rather than allowing them to be optional. Responding to the recall, Sudbeck said, “It is unfortunate that this issue has caused divisions in our community. I voted with the majority to give our children the freedom to participate in activities, stay in school and keep them out of a quarantine called for by the health service. “
Sudbeck was appointed to her post on the seven-member board of directors in 2020. She is seeking re-election in 2021. She graduated from primary on August 3 and will be on the regular election ballot in addition to the election ballot. recall on November 2.
Three signatures were necessary to obtain the reminder on the ballot. The Nemaha County Clerk verified eight signatures, which made it possible to schedule the recall election.
In the Mequon-Thiensville school district in Wisconsin, four board members – Wendy Francour, Erik Hollander, Akram Khan and Chris Schultz – are on the ballot. Cheryle Rebholtz filed against Francour, Charles Lorenz filed against Hollander, Kristopher Kittell filed against Khan and Scarlett Johnson filed against Schultz. The candidate who obtains the most votes in each recall election will win that seat.
Supporters of the recall said they started the recall due to concerns about the school district’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, critical race theory, declining measures of school performance and the inability to ” Obtain responses from members of the board of directors. The other three board members were not eligible for the recall because they had not served in the office for at least a year.
Responding to the recall efforts, a district spokesperson said, “MTSD’s goal remains to advance our vision and plan a strong learning experience for all students for the 2021-2022 school year.
The four appointed members filed challenges against the recall petitions. The challenges were sustained when it came to duplicate signatures, but were not sustained on other issues. To get the reminder on the ballot, supporters of the reminder had to collect approximately 4,200 signatures per board member in 60 days.
Ballotpedia has tracked 82 school board recall efforts compared to 212 board members so far in 2021, the highest number of school board recall efforts we’ve tracked in a year. The next highest year was 2010 with 38 recall efforts against 91 school board members.
In the first half of 2021, Ballotpedia tracked 164 recall efforts against 262 civil servants. This is the highest number of recall efforts for this point of the year since the first half of 2016, when we tracked 189 recall efforts against 265 public servants. In comparison, we tracked between 72 and 155 efforts at the midpoints of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.