2016 Recall Election
Recall process in Castle Rock
The Town's Charter allows a petition to be circulated in an attempt to recall a Town Councilmember within a certain timeframe. The form of petition for recall must be certified by the Town Clerk prior to circulation. After the petition has been circulated, it is then submitted to the Town Clerk to validate signatures obtained during this process.
Registered voters may file a protest challenging the validity of the petition or the finding of the Town Clerk as to the sufficiency of the signatures during the protest period. If a protest is filed, a hearing is scheduled. If the hearing officer determines the petition is sufficient, Town Council, per State Statue and Town Charter, must refer the matter to an election.
District 5: Recall petition withdrawn by representatives
The Town of Castle Rock Town Clerk received written requests on Friday, Sept. 9, from the three petition representatives requesting withdrawal of the recall petition of District 5 Councilmember Renee Valentine.
The withdrawal is authorized and in conformance with 15-6 of the Town Charter. The withdrawal terminates the recall proceeding. The ballot language that the Town Clerk certified to the County, will not include the recall District 5 question.
In accordance with the Town Charter, the petition could have been withdrawn up to 20 days before the November election date. Per State Statute and Town Charter, there will be no further official proceedings regarding this recall effort.
District 5 includes Castle Oaks, Cobblestone Ranch, Escavera/The Woodlands and Founders Village. It’s important to note Valentine was first elected in 2011 and re-elected for a second term in 2014. Her current term expires in 2018.
District 1: Recall fails; District 1 Councilman Paul Donahue remains in officeDistrict 1 Councilman Paul Donahue will remain in office through the completion of his term in November.
Per State Statute and Town Charter, Town Council was required to set an election date for voters to decide whether to recall Donahue with the conclusion of the recall process in May. That election was completed today.
Voters were asked whether to recall Donahue. The results are (final numbers as of 8:54 p.m. July 26, 2016):
Ballot question: Shall Paul Donahue be recalled from the office of Councilmember for the Town of Castle Rock, Colorado?
The Town’s Charter allows a petition to be circulated in attempt to recall a Town Councilmember within a certain timeframe. In order to prompt an election, the petition must go through a process defined in Town Charter.
Donahue was first elected in 2008, re-elected in 2010, and most recently re-elected in 2012. His term will expire in November, and he is term-limited.
Current Recall Petitions
District 2: Process complete
The form of a recall petition approved for circulation for District 2 Councilmember Mark Heath will not move forward in the process as the petition was not returned to the Town by the required date. There will be no recall election in District 2.
The Town issued news releases at each stage and will continue to keep the community updated throughout the process. Sign up to receive these news releases by email.
Recall fails; District 1 Councilman Paul Donahue remains in office (July 2016)
Protest withdrawn in recall for District 5 Councilwoman (June 2, 2016)
Town Clerk verifies sufficient signatures in recall of District 5 Councilmember (May 17, 2016)
Recall election set for July 26 (May 4, 2016)
Recall protests denied, Council to schedule recall election (May 2, 2016)
Protest hearing concluded, ruling expected next week (April 29, 2016)
Protests filed in recall for District 1 Councilman (April 22, 2016)
Town Clerk verifies sufficient signatures in recall for District 1 Councilman (April 12, 2016)
Recall petitions certified for circulation in Districts 2 and 5 (March 14, 2016)
Recall petition certified for circulation in District 1 (March 11, 2016)
Read the hearing officer's ruling.