A group of 10 Homer citizens on Monday filed an application for a recall petition against Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds. The three council members sponsored an inclusivity resolution at the Feb. 27 council meeting, although only Reynolds voted for Resolution 17-019. Following almost three hours of public testimony, most of it against the resolution, it failed 5-1. The application cites their sponsorship for that resolution as well as Resolution 16-121, a resolution supporting the Standing Rock Lakota tribe and opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, as grounds for recall. Resolution 16-121 passed 4-3, with Homer Mayor Bryan Zak breaking a tie vote that Aderhold, Lewis and Reynolds also voted yes on.
“I don’t feel I did anything wrong,” Lewis wrote in an email. “I did not support the last one (17-019) and they should put their big boy pants on. Democracy is messy and everyone has a right to free speech.”
“This is hard in several ways. In particular, my love for our community and my desire for the well-being of the Homer community runs deep,” Reynolds wrote in an email. “To be accused of having intentions to divide or harm the community is so far from the truth.”
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