Jeffco Recall Petition Drive Nears Completion Weeks Early

Ken Witt, John Newkirk, Julie Williams (WNW).

Ken Witt, John Newkirk, Julie Williams (WNW).

As the Colorado Statesman’s Vic Vela reports today, organizers of the petition drive to recall three right-wing members of the Jefferson County Board of Education are running way ahead of schedule, bringing in the 15,000 required Jeffco voter signatures to recall each school board member in a matter of a couple weeks instead of their nominal September 8th deadline:

Lynea Hansen, a spokeswoman for Jeffco United for Action, the group behind the recall effort, said Tuesday that the group is “over half way” to their signatures goal.

And, Hansen said, there are more than 1,000 petitions still being circulated. Petition circulators are being asked to turn in their signatures soon so organizers can start verifying names.

As part of a push for signatures this week, petition gatherers will line Wadsworth Boulevard at nine intersections from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Hansen said organized petition circulation is expected to wrap up by Saturday.

Successful completion of the petition drive so early guarantees that the recall of board members Ken Witt, John Newkirk, and Julie Williams will appear on the regular November ballot, along with the two candidates running to replace progressive minority members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman. One of the principal talking points in use by opponents of the recall is that the election could cost Jeffco Public Schools hundreds of thousands of dollars–but that’s only if the petition drive wasn’t wrapped up in time to hold the recall election in November.

Judging from what appears to be an overwhelming response from Jeffco voters in only two weeks’ time, that’s not going to be a problem. This recall is moving forward at a best-case-scenario pace, exceeding even internal expectations by all accounts, and that means it’s time for the opposition to come up with new talking points.

While they can.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JeffcoBlue says:

    WOOHOO!!! Proud to be among the signers.

  2. Has the state fixed the issue with deadlines that plagued the Morse recall?

    • mamajama55 says:

      I believe that they have fixed those issues in SB14-158, which was signed by the Governor and is law. The gum-up was with the issue of successor candidates if the officials are recalled….Marilyn Marks cooked up a scheme in which some Libertarians and a DINO (Richard Anglund) were able to petition onto the special recall election ballot, throwing off the dates so that mail in ballots could not be used (because there wasn't enough time to get the mail in ballots back from the overseas military voters).

      I haven't read the whole bill in detail to see if these particular issues were fixed, but I think that they were. Also, Colorado was successful in expanding voting rules so  military voters can  email/fax in their voted ballots, which again Marilyn Marks tried to derail, (and Fox News did a hysterical interview with Wayne Williams about)  is still law, so that shouldn't screw things up again.

  3. JeffcoDemo says:

    Easiest 45 signatures I've ever collected.  It was cathartic for people.  They came grinning from ear to ear and left thankful for the opportunity.  The best were those who admitted their buyer's remorse, and there were many of them.

    I've said it before, this clown club could have accomplished so much of their agenda had they politely and quietly gone about their business.  Instead they have managed to piss off everyone, Dems and Repubs, parents and teachers, and most disgustingly, the students themselves.  No organizer could have ever brought together the coalition that these clowns have brought against themselves,  

    One would be remiss not thanking Julie Williams, she has brought a whole new level of the stupid to the table and was overwhelmingly the favorite petition to sign for so many.

  4. exlurker19 says:

    Hey CheeseheadBurger, where are you?  Why aren't you telling us these folks on the Jeffco School Board got elected by a landslide and the recalls are unAmerican, or whatever it was you were babbling?

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Dear Ex Lurker: are you really that dumb, or just imitating something similar, like a teabagger (given that I believe in civility, that's the hardest anyone will hear from me)? Again, the truth be told: margins of victory in 2013 for the Witt 3:

      Williams 61% to 38.9%  (that's 22 points)   Witt:  58.1% to 41.8%  (16+ points); Newkirk 53.9% to 46%  (7.9 points).  From any kind of overview at all, two landslides and one nearly so.

      Kindly show me where I said the recalls were unAmerican. A careful check of the record will find that you are wrong. You might also consider that getting signatures is one thing (I have yet to see a single signature collector in the retail/commercial areas in my part of Lakewood). Actually winning elections is something totally different. Best that you save your crowing and bragging until after election day. And who knows? If there are candidates against the 3 who actually want to do something beyond a return to the bad old days (Amendment 66 anyone? Lost by 30 points), they might get my vote instead of the Witt 3.   Regards,   C.H.B.


  5. Signatures probably shouldn't be submitted before August 5, just in case Faye Griffin decides to go out in a blaze of glory and certifies the signatures early just to screw over the recall.

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