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Recall Initiated for Maryland Town Council Member | 06/06/17


A group of Taneytown citizens has initiated a recall petition for the removal of Councilman Donald Frazier from the Taneytown City Council.

Kelly Buie, one of the organizers, said the petition's goal is "to allow the city council to function effectively."

"Councilman Frazier has pushed an agenda of opposition versus progress for the last two years," Buie said. "It is now time for the citizens to be heard and to let the councilman know that these disruptions are no longer acceptable."

Buie said the petition is self-funded and the group is composed of a coalition of citizens "who desperately want to defend their town from outside organizations and people who have other agendas for our small town."

"We cannot let this continue any longer," Buie said. "Councilmember Frazier no longer represents the needs and desires of the citizens he was elected to represent."

Frazier described the petition as "disgusting."

"I ask a lot of questions and I hold their feet to the fire," Frazier said. "I tend to be mouthy about right and wrong. I ask the tough questions and all their faces turn red. That's my role as a councilman. I'm just doing my job. I'm so thankful that I get a chance to do it. I find it enjoyable to be able to have an elevated opinion. I'm one out of five votes and I hope people value that."

Frazier was censured in December 2015 for conduct, harassment of city employees and lack of decorum. In May 2017, he was also censured for acts of misconduct and violations of Taneytown's Code of Conduct.

In November 2016, Taneytown residents voted to amend the city's charter and to allow elected officials to be removed from office under certain circumstances. The city's charter indicates that "any elected official, after having been censured by an act of the mayor and council, may be petitioned for recall and removed from office for any reason by the qualified voters of the City of Taneytown."

According to Maryland Municipal League's Director of Research and Information Management Jim Peck, only about 35 of Maryland's 157 municipalities, or 22 percent, have recall provisions.

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Each state has its own requirements as to the manner in which petitions must be collected, signed and filed. It is imperative that official recall committees are legally formed in each state according to the state laws and regulations. The handling of the petitions must comply with the laws and regulations of each state.