Peterson recall election fails

TRACY — Tony Peterson held onto his Tracy City Council seat after a recall election Tuesday failed to garner enough votes to oust him.

Unofficial results reported by interim city administrator Shane Daniels showed 211 voted against Peterson’s recall, while 174 voted for removing him from office.

Daniels said the results will be canvassed by the council at its meeting on Monday evening.

The Independent attempted to reach to Peterson for comment, but he did not return the call Tuesday night.

Rosemary Martin, one of the organizers of the recall said she hopes Peterson will change his behavior toward city employees in the future.

“In this Trumpian era, it’s (apparently) OK for elected officials to treat people, who don’t agree with them, disrespectfully and toxically even when it’s obvious the officials are wrong,” Martin told the Independent Tuesday night. “Hopefully, that will go away, and he will treat our city staff and council members with respect.”

The recall election was triggered by a petition that was verified by the interim administrator and staff in October. Signers of the petition stated that Peterson had overstepped his authority on a number of occasions and bullied city employees to the point that the former administrator resigned abruptly.

The council had seen a large turnover by the beginning of the year with the resignations of Mayor Steve Ferrazzano and Bill Chukuske, and the promotion of Pam Cooreman to the mayoral seat. Kou Thao was appointed to Chukuske’s seat and Jeri Schons was just appointed to fill Cooreman’s seat.


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