|Effort to recall County Commissioner Mark Shull underway posted on 09/01/2021|
Organizers of a recall effort for Clackamas County
Commissioner Mark Shull have started the prep work before they file the
official petition, which is expected sometime this fall. Cris Waller, who is
expected to be the Chief Petitioner, told The Mountain Times that 50 volunteers
have been trained and are collecting pledges to sign the petition.
“In that way, what we are hoping to do is ensure that before
we pull that trigger, we have enough support, we have enough people lined up to
sign,” Waller said. “We want to make sure that once we say ‘go’ we are going to
succeed and get this on the ballot.”
Shull, who took office in January, came under fire for
offensive and racist comments posted on social media.
“We’re continuing to see that behavior,” Waller said.
Once a petition is filed, the organizers will have 90 days
to submit approximately 30,000 valid signatures from voters from the district
to recall Shull. A signature verification process will follow; if the petition
fails to meet the number of valid signatures the process is stopped, while if
the petition does have sufficient signatures, Shull can either resign within
five days or face a recall election within approximately one month.
Mike Silvagio, another one of the organizers on the effort
to recall Shull, noted that their goal is to have 40,000 signatures, as
validity rates in most recall efforts come in around 75-80 percent.
“I’ve done this a number of times, familiar with campaigns
that squeak in and others that exceed expectations,” Silvagio said, adding that
they have learned from recent recall efforts on how to better prepare to get
the necessary signatures, including one on Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
Silvagio noted that the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 761
from the 2019 regular session changed how signatures can be obtained. The new
law, in effect since 2020, requires that only electors who have a personally
printed copy (or requested a print copy from someone) of an electronic
signature sheet for a petition or prospective petition may sign a signature
“A lot of this is breaking new ground,” Silvagio said,
adding that electronic signature sheets are important due to the ongoing COVID
pandemic. “So far we’re on track. We’ve got a really good head start on that
Shull told The Mountain Times that he expected the recall
effort after he was elected.
“I knew this was coming,” he said, adding that he doesn’t
believe that anybody he’s dealt with would accuse him of being a xenophobe,
homophobe or racist. Shull also noted that he delivered a statement to Muslim
leaders from Portland, calling that a “resolved issue.”
Shull does not plan on campaigning against the recall
petition and remains intent on doing his job as a commissioner.
“That, in and of itself, is all I should do to counteract
any efforts on the recall,” he said, adding that he has no political advisors
working for him. “More and more people have watched my performance and are very
comfortable with me as a commissioner. That is what I believe is important.”
Shull said that his approach to being a commissioner is to
represent everybody in the county and that he would not resign if enough
signatures on the petition are verified, but he would “happily go home and go
about (his) business” if the recall vote doesn’t go his way.
“I got elected by the people of Clackamas County, I intend
to serve them,” Shull said, adding that he is convinced that in the end he will
By Garth Guibord/MT