By Angela Lyons, Stevensville
Mayor Dewey is facing recall for one reason. He broke the law.
When he sued the recall petitioner he claimed that the petition was a lie.
Ravalli County Judge Recht ruled that based on the arguments provided by both sides, “Dewey acted outside the law and without legal authority, by doing so, he violated several statutes, ordinances and the Purchasing Policy.” Thus, the petition was valid and the recall would move forward.
Literally, nothing else matters. It doesn’t matter if he didn’t mean to do it. (Why did he hide the contract for three months from the Town Council and the public?) It doesn’t matter if he just got the rules wrong despite two years of being aware of those rules. (Ignorance of the law excuses no one.) It doesn’t matter if he has a heart of gold. (He broke the law!) And it doesn’t matter what the town attorney said AFTER he illegally signed the First Call contract. (Town Attorney vs. Judge….hmmm…I know which one I trust more.)
Do you really want to support a Mayor that calls citizens who disagree with him a liar in the local newspaper and on Facebook? Who doesn’t follow the state and local laws in place to govern our town? Who violates citizens constitutional rights with secret backroom contracts?
Vote FOR recall of Mayor Dewey and let’s move Stevensville forward.