Judge denies Recall Shasta's request to extend petition deadline

A judge has denied a request that would have extended Recall Shasta's petition to collect signatures.

Posted: Sep 28, 2021 2:50 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2021 4:52 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - A judge denied Recall Shasta's request to extend their petition deadline for three Shasta County Supervisors. 

Supervisors Joe Chimenti, Leonard Moty and Mary Rickert are the targets of the recall.

Recall Shasta filed a lawsuit in court that claimed the group lost 34 days because of wildfire evacuations and unhealthy air quality.

Action News Now spoke to Rickert about the judge's decision.

“I was really relieved and pleased with the judge's decision that did not feel that their case had enough merit for it to be approved,” Rickert said. “So I was really relieved. I think it's time that we as county try and get this recall behind us. “

Wednesday is the deadline for recall proponent to submit their petitions for all three districts.

Recall Shasta provided the following statement below: 

"It is unfortunate that the voters who were prevented from signing due to evacuations or unhealthy air quality due to wildfires won't get the chance, but we are focused on completing the job and are confident we will submit enough signatures to recall Supervisor Moty."

Shasta Forward provided the following statement to Action News Now: 

"Shasta Forward is pleased justice was served today when the Superior Court declined to grant Recall Shasta an extension of time to gather signatures."

Highlighting the frivolous nature of the lawsuit, the judge noted none of the statements from Recall Shasta signature gatherers said that they had stopped gathering petitions due to recent fires.

“Recall Shasta has run out of time and filed this lawsuit to save their failing effort,” said Shasta Forward spokesman Eric Eisenhammer. “In fact, people don’t want a costly $640,000 recall against three conservative supervisors, two of which were just elected and one that is already up for re-election in less than a year. Now it’s time to put this recall circus behind us and come together to focus on issues that matter to Shasta County.”

Shasta Forward was created to support our County Supervisors Rickert, Chimenti & Moty, and prevent the recall efforts.

People are invited to learn more about Shasta Forward by visiting ShastaForward.org."

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