Though we had unofficial counts after last week’s recall election of Chairman Cheyne and Zone 1 Representative Smith, the Klamath Irrigation District came to a consensus on Monday, October 17th, to count and confirm the results.
Representative Ken Smith narrowly avoided recall with a 52-51 vote. However, in an 89-77 vote, KID patrons decided to recall Chairman Cheyne. Though the KID Board of Directors has confirmed the ballot counts, at this point it’s unclear when the recall elections would be considered official. It appears results of the election would need to be reviewed by recall election counsel.
Plus, while two of the KID Board member recall elections have occurred, the final one for Vice Chairman Knoll has yet to take place. That recall election will take place on November 7th, 2016 from 7 am to 8 pm at KID offices.
As we’ve gained more insight to Chairman Cheyne’s questionable decisions, including from what appears to us allowing non-KID patrons shape district policy, we are proud of the KID patrons who stepped forward to recall this man. Recalling an elected official, even an irrigation district board member, is not an easy feat, nor is the decision to push for recall. However, as recall petitioner Ross Fleming was quoted in the October 13th Herald and News article, “KID patrons vote to recall Cheyne, keep Smith“, “I think it’s a step in the right direction for irrigators of the Klamath Basin.”
We couldn’t agree more, Ross.