Trio survives recall election Cherokee Metro District

By: BOB STEPHENS
May 22, 2012
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Nothing changed in the Cherokee Metropolitan District as Tuesday’s attempt to recall three board members was unsuccessful. Jan Cederberg, Dave Hammers and Bill Beahan all survived the recall effort.

“I was worried,” Cederberg said. “I’m just so happy that people listened to what we were telling them and that we are going to finish our time on the board and do our job.”

Steve Hasbrouck and Larry Keleher were re-elected to the board in a regular election earlier this month. They represent one faction in Cherokee Metropolitan District while the trio targeted in the recall generally is on the other side.

“Steve said that the people had spoken after they were elected,” Cederberg said. “Well, they’ve spoken again. I hope that we can all work together.”

All three directors received similar vote margins. Cederberg retained his seat, 631-509, Hammers 633-523 and Beahan 625-535.

Hammers said he was surprised to win and Beahan called it a “50-50 deal.”

“I’m just relieved it’s over, not happy or sad,” Hammers said. “Now we can get back to doing the business of the board. Doing civic duty on one hand is cool and on the other hand it sucks. I took an oath and will stick it out and do the best I can for the people of the district.”

Beahan, the long-time fire chief of the district, said he became increasingly frustrated as the recall election approached.

“I got so I didn’t care how it turned out,” he said. “But after seeing the mentality of the voters today it makes me feel good.”

Beahan was angry at having to survive the recall.

“This cost us $25-30,000 for this election and we had the county run it,” he said. “All the way around it was wrong. All they had to do was vote us out at the end of our term. I’ve had 40 years being involved in this district so I know exactly what needs to go on.”

Mostly, that involves finding cheaper sources of water, Beahan said.

“We’ve got to get water and we’ve got to move on,” he said. “This whole thing is over and it’s time to get back to doing the business of the district.”

Cederberg said the failed recall amounted to a vote of confidence for the trio.

“I think the people just want us to finish the job that we’re doing and stay on track,” she said. “I know we’re going to work hard to do the best we can for the people here.”

Contact Bob Stephens: 636-0276 Twitter @bobgstephens

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