The urge to oust city leaders has intensified in the struggling economy as more mayors raise taxes and cut services to close budget shortfalls.
Fifty-seven mayors faced recall attempts last year, up from 23 in 2009, according to Ballotpedia, a non-profit that tracks recall elections. So far this year: 15. Almost all have failed. Recalls are so frequent that the U.S. Conference of Mayors today launches a campaign warning mayors to brace for recalls.
“Any person who’s coming in to serve needs to understand this is happening,” says Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the non-partisan mayor’s group. Cochran says that budgetary decisions made in this tough economic climate are likely to trigger more anger. “If they don’t have a website, if they don’t have a blogger,” he says of mayors, “they better, by God, get one.”
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