A recall election for Blackshear Councilman Shawn Godwin (District 5) will be held Tuesday, December 1 – unless he resigns his seat prior to the election.
Elections Superintendent Leah Ritch issued the election call Monday. (See Page 4B for the election notice.)
Godwin faces a recall election following the certification of a petition for recall that was circulated in District Five by resident Sharon Komanecky. Komanecky procured enough signatures – 30 percent of the registered voters in District Five – to proceed with a recall election.
Per state law, Ritch had 10 days from the date the petition was certified to issue the call for election. Ritch certified Komanecky’s petition October 9.
District Five voters who support the petition and recall election are reportedly seeking Godwin’s removal from office “on the grounds that he has participated in unlawful attempts to conduct city council meetings in violation of the Georgia Open Records Act; voted for and supported adding agenda items of significant public interest without providing notice to the public; denied citizens access to social media that was critical of his actions; made knowingly false and/or derogatory comments about other public officials; failed to perform duties when appointed to certain committee(s); conducted himself in a manner that gives reasonable basis for the impression that a person can improperly influence him or unduly enjoy his favor in the performance of official acts,” reads the recall election ballot question.
The question mirrors charges levied against Godwin in Komanecky’s recall petition.
Should voters reject the recall question, Godwin will remain in office.
Early voting for the recall will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, November 9 through Tuesday, November 24, due to the Thanksgiving holidays. Voting will be held at the County Annex on Nichols Street.
Election Day polls will also be held at the Annex unless there is a runoff election held in conjunction with the recall, Ritch says.
Public service commissioner races on the general election ballot may potentially be forced into a general state and local election runoff December 1.
In the event of a runoff, Blackshear’s polling location at the Southeast Regional Agricultural Center (former NFC gym) in Blackshear will be open on Election Day. Voters will cast their ballots there instead of at the Annex.
Godwin did not respond to The Times’ request for comment.