NEWTON FALLS — City voters ousted 4th Ward Councilwoman Sandra Breymaier in a special recall election Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections.
Of the 671 registered voters in Newton Falls' 4th Ward, 110 voters (90.2 percent) who visited the polls Tuesday voted to recall Breymaier. Another 12 voters (9.8 percent) voted against her recall, results show.
Tuesday’s tally included absentee ballots from 16 voters, all of whom voted to recall Breymaier.
At least 200 Newton Falls voters signed a petition to put a recall measure on the special election ballot. Breymaier came under criticism for derogatory comments she reportedly made against Mayor Ken Kline, according to 21 WFMJ-TV.
Recall elections are fairly common in the city, officials said. Newton Falls is one of two Trumbull County cities able to vote to recall officials due to language in their city charters, said Stephanie Penrose, the county’s elections director.
Newton Falls’ charter allows officials to be removed by a simple majority vote for several reasons, including being “guilty of gross misconduct, gross neglect of duty, misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance in office.”
The other city is Cortland. Cortland’s city charter allows voters to set a recall election with a petition signed by at least one-fifth of the total electors. Cortland voters, however, have not sought a recall in the 20 years since Penrose started working in Trumbull County, she said.