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City Club of Eugene: Recall Elections: How Should They Be Used in Our Community?

Tiffany Tertipes

Program date: Nov. 3, 2023

Air date: Nov. 6, 2023

From the City Club of Eugene:

Last month, Eugene voters rejected an effort to recall a sitting state legislator. This follows on the heels of a successful recall of a Eugene city councilor last year and a threatened recall of a 4J school board member.


Meanwhile, across Oregon and the country, recalls are rising in frequency and with them, a conversation has emerged about the appropriate use of this critical check on elected officials.

For this timely conversation, we’ll welcome local residents who have sought to recall officials and the preeminent global expert on recall elections.


Michael Borke is a resident of Cottage Grove and the Chief Petitioner of an effort to recall City Councilors Jon Stinnett, Mike Fleck, and Chalice Savage.

Michael grew up in Eugene, where he was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of South Eugene High School and Oregon State University. His professional career has spanned several continents, working in the logistics and food and beverage industries. Michael moved back to Eugene and has worked in the construction industry as a project manager/ estimator.

In his spare time, Michael officiates youth sports throughout Lane County and enjoys the outdoors away from cars and traffic.

Joshua Spivak is an expert on recall elections, both in the US and globally. He is the author of Recall Elections: From Alexander Hamilton to Gavin Newsom and writes the Recall Elections Blog. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Berkeley Law’s California Constitution Center and a Senior Fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College. He has been following recalls for over two decades and has written hundreds of op-eds on the recall as well as other political process subjects.


About the City Club of Eugene:

The mission of the City Club of Eugene is to build community vision through open inquiry. The Club explores a wide range of significant local, state, and national issues and helps to formulate new approaches and solutions to problems. Membership is open to all, and Club members have a direct influence on public policy by discussing issues of concern with elected officials and other policy makers. The City Club’s mailing address is PO Box 12084, Eugene, OR 97440, and its website is cityclubofeugene.org.


Video and Broadcast

This program will be live streamed, and the videotape will be made available on the City Club of Eugene’s Facebook page and You Tube Channel, in addition to our website. It will be broadcast on Monday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 pm, on KLCC 89.7 FM.

Contact: For more information, visit CityClubOfEugene.org.


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