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Recall effort against 4 Maricopa County supervisors falls short

By: - April 29, 2021 5:23 pm
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Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo speaks at a March 22, 2021, press conference. Pro-Trump protesters shouted election conspiracy theories and insults at Democrats who were speaking about how a planned Senate audit of the 2020 election was built on and would feed conspiracy theories. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

Four Maricopa County supervisors won’t face recall elections after a campaign to oust them failed to collect enough signatures.

A grassroots conservative group called We the People AZ Alliance took out recall petitions on Dec. 30 against four of the five supervisors: Republicans Bill Gates, Clint Hickman and Jack Sellers, and Democrat Steve Gallardo. Thursday was the deadline to submit the signatures needed to trigger recall elections against the supervisors, and the campaign didn’t file any petitions with county elections officials. 

The group is also trying to recall the fifth supervisor, Republican Steve Chucri, though it began that campaign in February, so the deadline isn’t until June 12. Recall campaigns have four months to collect signatures.

We the People AZ Alliance launched its recall campaigns after Gallardo, Gates, Hickman and Sellers voted to go to court and fight subpoenas that the state Senate issued demanding ballots, tabulation machines and other materials from the 2020 general election in Maricopa County for the purposes of conducting an audit of the election. Chucri was the only member of the board who voted against the litigation. The Senate ultimately won the lawsuit and began its audit on April 23.

The audit committee’s website also says it targeted the supervisors because they “failed to represent our rights through unconstitutional lock down orders and mask mandates.” All five supervisors voted in June to impose a face mask mandate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forcing a recall election is a difficult task. Campaigns must collect enough valid signatures to equal 25% of the votes cast for the last election for that office. For the supervisors, that number ranged from 49,570 in Gallardo’s district to 110,110 in Hickman’s district.

We the People AZ Alliance is also attempting to recall Gov. Doug Ducey, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and state Sen. Paul Boyer. The deadline for it to submit petitions in those campaigns is June 11.

A spokeswoman for We the People AZ Alliance could not be reached for comment.

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Jeremy Duda
Jeremy Duda

Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Jeremy Duda previously served as the Mirror's associate Editor. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”