REDDING, Calif. - A group of frustrated community members in Shasta County served three local leaders with an intent to recall.
Shasta County Supervisors Joe Chimenti, Leonard Moty, and Mary Rickert have until before April 13 to respond to the notice of intent that was filed at the Shasta County Office of Elections.
Before signatures can be collected, recall supporters need to publish a notice of intent with a newspaper. Then they need the approval of their proposed petition before gathering signatures.
“When the proponents put their petition together, the petition should have at the top the reasons for the recall and the answer as well,” said Cathy Darling Allen, the Shasta County Clerk & Registrar of Voters.
Once all that happens, petitioners have 120 days to get enough signatures.
In order to trigger a recall election, recall proponents need at least 20% of registered voters in each of the three districts.
That means District One needs 4391 valid signatures, District Two needs 4308 signatures, and District Three needs 4432 signatures. But Darling Allen says, petitioners should try to collect more signatures than what they need.
At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, supporters of the recall efforts explained the reasons behind the recall efforts. Citing a betrayal of public trust, a need for change, and they cannot afford to wait for the next election.
But not everyone at Tuesday's meeting was on board with the recall efforts.
“I’ve seen situations like this come and go,” said one person not in favor of the recall. “This particular group simply does not have the political machinery to make this happen.”
Chimenti received his notice of intent in person at Tuesday's meeting. Moty and Rickert's will receive theirs through the mail.
Darling Allen says she’s overseen recalls for the City of Shasta Lake and the Mountain Gate Community Service District. But this would be her first time seeing a recall effort for the supervisors.