Thursday, March 07, 2013

STATEMENT: Sherwood statement on bill that would establish partisan primaries for recall elections

STATEMENT: Sherwood statement on bill that would establish partisan primaries for recall elections

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX  Rep. Andrew Sherwood, D-Tempe (District 26), released the following statement today after Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to pass HB 2282. This bill adds a requirement that a recall election be split into a partisan primary election and a general election.  Under the current system, a recall election is a special election in which all voters in the district may participate. 

“This bill flies in the face of the Arizona Constitution, and it was prompted by the Russell Pearce recall. I was a resident of his district at the time of that recall election, and it was clear to me that my neighbors wanted him out. The people exercised their constitutional rights. Just because that did not work out for the Tea Party extremists in this case does not give them the right to change the rules.

“The Pearce recall is the first time in our state's history that a sitting legislator has been successfully recalled.  So the claim that the system needs to be changed is unfounded. It has worked just fine for an entire century.

Arizona's founding fathers, in drafting our constitution, specifically considered the question of a recall primary election and they rejected that idea, putting in our constitution one special recall election.  We should respect the original intent of our founding fathers and keep the recall as one general election at which all of the elected official's voters can decide whether or not to keep him in office.

“I strongly oppose this bill.”
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