recall petition certified

Councilman Shawn Godwin

A petition calling for the recall of Blackshear Councilman Shawn Godwin (District Five) has been certified by the Pierce County Board of Elections. 
Elections Superintendent Leah Ritch notified petitioner Sharon Komanecky and Godwin Friday, October 9, that 95 of the 98 signatures submitted on the recall petition were deemed certified. Eighty-nine signatures – 30 percent of the registered voters living in Godwin’s district  — were required to certify the petition.
“I am notifying you that 95 of the 98 signatures submitted for the recall petition for Shawn Godwin, District 5 City Council, were deemed certified. This is notification of sufficiency of the recall petition. I will issue the call for the vote required to effectuate the recall within 10 days, according to O.C.G.A. 21-4-13,” Ritch said in an email late Friday afternoon.
“I’m grateful for the hard work of the petition sponsors for their help in securing the signatures necessary to submit a valid recall petition,” Komanecky said. “Ideally, it would be best for the City of Blackshear and District 5 residents to see Shawn Godwin resign from his position. If he does not resign, and a recall election is held, it is vital that the residents of District 5 vote to see this process through to completion.”
Councilman Godwin did not respond to The Times’ request for comment.
Should Godwin be recalled from office by a majority vote of District Five residents, Ritch will then be tasked with calling a special election to fill his vacated seat.
The City of Blackshear would be solely responsible for all costs associated with holding both elections, including the mandated three weeks of early voting for both the recall and special election should the process proceed that far.
Ritch may also consider a paper ballot for the recall and/or special election which could potentially reduce costs, but poll workers would have to be paid for as much as six weeks of early voting and two Election Days.
Godwin took office in January 2020 to serve his first term in his own right. Godwin was previously filling the unexpired term of longtime Councilman Jerry Dixon who died in office in 2019. Godwin took office in August 2019 after qualifying unopposed in a July special election. He was challenged in November 2019 by Jeffrey Parr, but won the election to serve his first full term starting in 2020.