Recall election roundup: Texas

Ballotpedia tracked one new recall effort against local officials in Texas from July 24-30, bringing the yearly statewide total to six efforts against 12 officials. The most recent effort is: 

  • Rashad Lewis and David Shultz recall, Jasper, Texas (2023): City Councilmen Rashad Lewis and David Shultz. 
    • Resident and recall organizer Renee Harrington has accused Lewis of incompetence and misconduct in office, and Shultz of incompetence, misconduct in office, and malfeasance in office.

Of the six recall efforts this year, two have made the ballot. A recall election seeking to remove Michael Carlson from his position as a La Marque City councilman is on Nov. 7, 2023. A recall election seeking to remove Jesse Davis from his position as a Denton City councilman was held on May 6, 2023. Davis was recalled on May 6.

Nationwide, 294 officials are the subject of recall efforts through July 30. Michigan leads the field with 107 officials targeted. Fifty-three targeted officials have made the recall ballot as of July 30. Michigan leads the field with 15 officials on the ballot.

In 2022, Ballotpedia covered a total of 266 recall efforts against 448 officials in 30 states as well as Washington, D.C. Michigan led the way in officials targeted for recall with 133 in 2022. California followed with 72. From 2016 to 2021, California had the most officials targeted in five of the six years.

Looking at Texas alone, nine officials were targeted in 2022. This is less than the ten-year average of 16.

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