County Clerk and Recorder Melinda Myers lost her recall election by more than a 2-1 margin Tuesday night and will be replaced by the candidate she beat in a controversial 2010 election. Voters recalled Myers, 941-453, pushing her from office 14 months after an election that prompted two reviews by the secretary of state and another by a statewide grand jury. Republican Carla Gomez, who lost to Myers in the last election, topped independent Patricia Jenkins, 762-319, according to Tuesday’s final unofficial results.
“The message from the voters is very clear,” Gomez said. “They want more responsive government.” Although Gomez won’t be sworn in until after the votes are canvassed Feb. 2, she said her first steps on taking office will be to review the clerk’s budget and policies and sit down with the staff.
She also plans to address the county’s vote scanner, which was not used in Tuesday’s hand count but was a source of concern from election critics. “The M650, everyone you talk to has something to say about it,” she said. Myers, who was not on hand at the courthouse, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.