Clerk certifies petition to oust Palisade mayor
If it's not challenged by Aug. 6, town will set date for election
Palisade Town Clerk Carol Speakman certified Wednesday there were enough valid signatures on a petition to recall Mayor Dave Walker.
Speakman said of the 193 signatures turned into the town last week, 169 were from valid registered voters. Twenty-four were rejected.
The petition needed 103 valid signatures to be certified.
Speakman said town residents have until Aug. 6 to challenge aspects of the petition, such as how signatures were collected and whether it includes enough valid voters. That clock began July 22, the day the petitions were turned in.
If there is no challenge, “I will bring it before the board to set a date for an election,” Speakman said. “(The protest) is an opportunity for citizens to protest the petition, such as how the signatures were obtained.”
Recall committee members Joyce Eielson, Wayne Reid and Jeff Meade began working to recall Walker two months ago. They said they did so because he threatened to close The Livery Saloon, 215 Main St., after he confronted Reid, a political opponent, and some other people during an incident earlier this year.
The petition reads, in part, “... the mayor has not acted in our best interests, that he continues to flaunt his power as mayor in an attempt to intimidate others, and that he has not acted in a manner consistent with the values of the town of Palisade, which he purports to represent.”
During a town board meeting last month, Walker attacked the recall committee members, saying their petition was full of lies and attempted to divide the town. At that meeting, he called Reid a “brain-damaged candidate” who is part of a group of “low-life Livery drunks.”
Walker could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Eielson said Walker should resign and save the town the expense of holding an election.
“The people of Palisade deserve a better, moral person that does not berate its citizens,” she said. “He should just grow a pair and step down.”