After Anti-Trans Statements, Woodland Trustee Could Be Recalled

A Woodland Joint Unified High School trustee who made controversial statements about trans individuals and ethnic studies could soon be ousted from her seat. 

A group of parents announced last week that they have collected enough signatures to spark a recall effort against Emily MacDonald. The question would appear on the March 5 ballot. 

Back in June, MacDonald referred to trans identity as a “social contagion.” She later voted against a “Resolution Reaffirming Support for All Woodland Youth.” At another meeting, MacDonald called ethnic studies a “luxury item,” which further angered some parents and faculty. Calls for her resignation were rebuffed. 

To force a recall, organizers were required to gather 1,078 signatures from MacDonald’s district by November 4. The committee submitted 1,300. The Yolo County elections office has 30 days to verify the signatures.

Regardless of the outcome, the effort sends a message that there is widespread support for Woodlabd’s LGBTQ community, recall organizers told the Sacramento Bee. Transgender issues have been a flashpoint in Yolo County for some time now. Schools and libraries in Davis received bomb threats earlier this year after a high-profile confrontation between a county library employee and a Moms for Liberty speaker over trans identity. In 2022, members of the Proud Boys tried to storm an all-ages drag show at a lounge in Woodland.