Three recall efforts fail in Westminster, California

Recall elections against Mayor Tri Ta and council members Kimberly Ho and Chi Charlie Nguyen were on the April 7 ballot in Westminster, California. Unofficial results show all three officials surviving their recall elections. In-person voting was canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Westminster residents were required to postmark their mail-in ballots by April 7.

Voters were presented with a yes/no question for recalling each official. Candidates were on the ballot to succeed the officials if the recall was approved in the first question.

  • The recall against Ta had 59.3% of the vote in favor of keeping him as mayor. Council member Tai Do was the leading candidate to replace Ta.
  • The recall against Ho had 57.3% of the vote in favor of keeping her as a council member. Planning Commissioner Carlos Manzo was the leading candidate to replace Ho.
  • The recall against Nguyen had 57.7% of the vote in favor of keeping him as a council member. Westminster Elementary Board of Education member Jamison Power was the leading candidate to replace Nguyen.

Recall petitions against Ta, Ho, and Nguyen accused the officials of corruption and ethics violations. Notices of intent to recall council members Tai Do and Sergio Contreras were filed as a response to the recall efforts against the other three officials. The notices against Do and Contreras cited grandstanding. Ta, Ho, and Nguyen represent the majority on the council, with Do and Contreras representing the minority.

Petitioners needed to gather 8,736 valid signatures by December 6, 2019, to put the recall on the ballot. About 11,000 signatures were turned in. The Westminster City Clerk’s Office certified the signatures on December 23, 2019.

In 2019, Ballotpedia covered a total of 151 recall efforts against 230 elected officials. Of the 66 officials whose recalls made it to the ballot, 34 were recalled for a rate of 52%. That was lower than the 63% rate and 57% rate for 2018 and 2017 recalls, respectively.

Additional reading:
Laws governing recall in California
Political recall efforts, 2020