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Petition to recall Langer fails to collect needed number of signatures

A group that was collecting signatures to recall Sherwood City Council member Matt Langer has failed to collect the needed number to place the measure on an upcoming ballot.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Sherwood City Councilor Mat Langer

The Sherwood Community Action Committee, a citizen’s committee, said on a Facebook post that it did not collect the required amount of signatures by the 5 p.m. Thursday deadline. The group collected just over 900 signatures or about 5 percent of Sherwood’s population. A total of 1,011 signatures were needed to place the measure on the November ballot.

“We didn’t start actively collecting signatures until a few weeks ago, as we spent the majority of what little spare time we had this summer (like most of us busy parents in Sherwood) focusing our energy on potential ordinances for the ballot,” said the post.

Sherwood City Manager Joe Gall confirmed that the deadline for the signatures had not been met.

The petition was filed by the Sherwood Community Action Committee in May, claiming among other things that Langer had a “blatant disregard of the will of the voters” and had a conflict of interest based on an announcement that Walmart would be building a store in Sherwood. Langer serves as a spokesman for his family’s real estate company, Langer Family LLC, which owns the property where Walmart is building a superstore.

In a previous interview, Langer said the recall petition surprised him “because there’s no unethical actions here.”

Asked Friday if he was surprised that not enough signatures were collected, Langer said he really didn’t have any expectations, saying that he’s looking forward to getting back to council business such as building a planned community center.

“It’s nice not to have that as a distraction anymore,” he said.

Langer also said he was pleased with the support he received from many in the community.

“It was very humbling seeing the support coming out of the woodwork,” he said.



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