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Shasta supervisors face recall efforts by community group

A group of unhappy people with some of the Shasta County Board of Supervisors are pushing for a recall of the supervisors.

Posted: Mar 4, 2021 6:59 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2021 7:43 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - A community group in Shasta County is pushing to recall some local leaders.

A group unhappy with some of the Shasta County Board of Supervisors is now pushing for a recall. Cottonwood barbershop owner Woody Clendenen is one of them.

Clendenen said one of the group’s biggest reasons is the pandemic restrictions. They also claim there is a mishandling of funds.

“It's just been failed leadership from the start,” said Clendenen. “These guys, they were more concerned with the money they would be getting trickled down to them from the Feds and the state.”

The target of the recall is District 1 Supervisor Joe Chimenti, District 2 Supervisor Leonard Moty, and district 3 Supervisor Mary Rickert.

“They're supposed to be our representatives,” said Clendenen. “They're supposed to represent their constituents and instead they went along with a tyrannical governor.”

Action News Now reached out to some Shasta supervisors at the center of the recall.

“I firmly believe that our country has a process that works well in the United States for those who seek change,” said District 3 Supervisor Mary Rickert. “I think that a recall is an option but I also know what an expensive process it is.”

“The recall discussion is being led by extremists, who can’t get their way, so they’re resorting to disinformation and character assassination,” District 2 Supervisor Leonard Moty said in a statement,

Supervisor Moty also added, “They only care about what’s important to their group rather than the community as a whole.”

District 1 Supervisor Joe Chimenti has not responded yet.

The Shasta County Office of Elections said that a recall election could cost between $200,000 to $400,000.

“The first step they need to do is issue or serve the elected officer with a notice of intent,” said Joanna Francescut, the Assistant County Clerk & Registrar of Voter. “That includes a statement of why they're doing the recall.”

Francescut said an elected official must be in office for 90 days before the process can start. Once that gets going, people have 120 days to collect just under 5000 signatures for each district

“As soon as they can get going, it's really up to them on how fast they want things to go,” said Francescut.

Action News Now spoke with several people about the recall efforts. Some feel that a recall is not worth the money. If they’re unhappy with an elected official, they’ll wait for the next election.

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