Recall vote is Tuesday

Tracy voters will decide next week whether City Councilman Tony Peterson should remain in office.

A special recall election is planned Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Tracy City Hall. Polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters will be asked a single “yes” or “no” question to determine whether Councilman Peterson should be removed from office.   The ballot asks, “Shall Councilmember Tony Peterson be recalled?”  Marking “yes” on the ballot indicates that the voter wants Peterson removed from office.  Marking “no” on the ballot, means the voter wants Peterson to continue to serve on the council.

A sample ballot on the special recall election is published on page 12.

Peterson, a former mayor, was elected to a four-year term on the council in November of 2016.  He began serving the term in January of 2017.  The term continues through the end of 2020.

However, a citizen petition, signed by 130 people this fall, seeks to have Peterson removed from office because of alleged violations of city charter and code.  The charges are listed on a public notice on page 12.  Peterson denies the violations. His response to the charges are also published on page 12.

Committee members who helped organize the recall referendum—Shirley Anderson, Rosemary Martin, Jon Chalmers, Tammara Schons, and Mike Martin—have in turn responded to Peterson’s statement, with comments that are published on page three.

For more on this article, see this week’s Headlight-Herald.