Campaign to recall Duluth city councilor Gardner gains support

By KBJR News 1

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW) --- The campaign to recall Duluth city councilor Sharla Gardner is gaining traction as more Park Point residents join in supporting the movement.

"We just don't want to be run over, or felt like we are being run over," said Roland Yeaton who has lived on the point for 28 years.

Those who are in favor of the recall say Gardner failed to support the Park Point community on several issues... including keeping the only Fire Hall on the Point open, eliminating the city's small area plan and the issue of opening up a series of dead-end streets to public access.

"She is not a, doesn't seem to be a very straight-forward person," said Gail Yeaton who has lived on the point for 24 years.

And now, what started out as a few recall signs has lead to dozens of signs along the point, and even some downtown businesses supporting the cause.

Supporters say councilor Gardner should be focusing on getting a fire hall back, enforcing more police patrols along the point, and reducing vehicle speeds.

"I hope the result is to replace her with someone who is more kind of heart," said Gail.

But Councilor Gardner says she works hard to protect the Park Point neighborhood.

"Now some people disagree with my ideas about how to do that and that's their, that's their right, of course," said Gardner.

Despite Councilor Gardner's assertions that she has the best interest of Park Point at heart, those in support of the recall say the movement is quickly catching fire.

"It is catching on, and I, you're going to see more, there's more going to come," said Ronald.

Gardner says she worked hard to keep the fire hall open, and even picketed outside the building encouraging the Mayor's administration to keep it open.

"I do my best to represent the people of the point, and to protect those neighborhoods, and I will continue to work regardless of what a few folks are saying," said Gardner.

Gardner says she has done a number of things on behalf of the point, including working hard to keep the old growth pine forest behind Sky Harbor Airport intact.

...an ongoing debate that is far from over.

Concerned Park Point citizens are continuing to circulate a recall petition.

They need 585 signatures to move forward with the recall.