Recall election bill totals $24.5K

    The total cost of a special election in Ashland in March comes out to $24,581.76, Jackson County Elections office announced in a press release Thursday.

    More than 5,800 ballots were cast in a mail-in recall election of three Ashland Parks and Recreation Commissioners, Rick Landt, Mike Gardiner and Jim Lewis.

    The recall efforts stemmed from a protest of the decision to reorganize the city’s Senior Program and lay off the Senior Center manager of 10 years, Chris Dodson.

    The election failed. All three commissioner won handily with more than 69 percent of voters voting against the recall and keeping the commissioners in their seats.

    The city of Ashland is obligated to pay the cost of the election, the city attorney said previously.

    Gardiner’s and Landt’s terms in office are up at the end of this year. They will face the voters again this November if they chose to run for re-election.
    — Reach Ashland Daily Tidings reporter Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or Follow her on twitter @nguyenntrann.

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