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Baseless effort to recall Newberg City Council members and mayor a transparent political ploy

To the editor:

It is hard not to be disgusted by the unwarranted recall effort to remove Newberg Mayor Rick Rodgers and councilwoman Stephanie Findley.

We are all well aware of the serious problems affecting our city government. While our mayor and councilors are focused on resolving inherited problem from past leadership and ease remaining tensions, a small group of individuals lead by Rebecca Wallis are going to great lengths to do just the opposite.

Anyone attending city council meetings or reading local social media have witnessed the meddling, constant criticism, disrespect, racism and spreading of misinformation by Wallis' group.

Mayor Rodgers and councilor Findley have not demonstrated misconduct, incompetence or failure in doing their jobs.

Let's be honest, the purpose of this recall effort is to nullify the electoral gains by progressive Newberg voters.

It demonstrates the lengths some individuals will take to interfere with democracy and the fair results of our 2018 election.

Few taxpayers will support spending an unnecessary $60,000 to $70,000 on a misguided recall election.

This recall election comes at the most inconvenient time as the county clerk's office prepares for the May primary election.

Let's hope the recall election does not overlap the May primary election, creating confusion with voters placing ballots in the wrong envelopes.

Susan Delventhal, Newberg

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