Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

With deadlines to produce enough signatures for four separate recall elections over as of today, two are officially dead in the water.

According to County Clerk/Recorder Alissia Northrup, petitioners did not produce the necessary voter signatures by the Aug. 20 deadline to continue recall elections for Supervisors Roger Gitlin and Bob Berkowitz.

Northrup said the recall for Supervisor Lori Cowan will need to have the signatures turned in by Monday in order to continue. The deadline was today (Aug. 25).

Deadlines for efforts to recall Mayor Pro Tem Heidi Kime are the same, but signatures will need to be turned in to City Clerk Robin Patch.

Earlier efforts to collect the necessary signatures either fell short or were not returned in time to hold a recall during the regular election, which would have avoided the cost of a special election being passed on to taxpayers.

No support

As had been announced for the three supervisors previously, the Del Norte County Republican Central Committee also did not support the effort to recall Kime. At the Aug. 20 meeting, committee chair Karen Sanders read a letter opposing the effort to recall Kime.

“The Del Norte County Republican Central Committee supported Heidi Kime for City Council during the 2016 election,” Sanders read. “If the petition to recall is successful, the special election would cost the citizens of Del Norte County and Crescent City a minimum of $43,000 and if other recalls are successful, the approximates cost would be about $20,000 per candidate. These funds would be taken from the City/County general fund instead of being used for the betterment of our community. Therefore, the Del Norte County Republican Central Committee does not support the recall efforts against Mayor Pro Tem Heidi Kime and the use of precious Del Norte County and Crescent City taxpayer funds for a frivolous election.”

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