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Politics & Government

Shasta Supervisor Recall Hits ‘Speedbump’

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Shasta County Supervisors Chimenti, Moty and Rickert are being challenged with local recall efforts.

An effort to recall three of the five Shasta County supervisors hit a roadblock this week, but is expected to continue.

A group of county residents is attempting to recall Supervisors Joe Chimenti, Leonard Moty and Mary Rickert because of business closures during the COVID-19 pandemic and alleged failures to uphold the constitution.

But on Monday county officials terminated their application because of an error on their public notice to recall the supervisors that was published in the Redding Record Searchlight.

“The recall process as it exists in California for local elected officials is a very complex and exacting one and there are a lot of small details. And one detail was missed,” says Cathy Darling Allen, the Shasta County clerk and registrar of voters.

Shasta County board of supervisor meetings have been the site of protests over business closures and public health restrictions throughout the pandemic.

Darling Allen says the group had not yet started gathering petition signatures, so they still have time to restart the process.

They’ll need to collect signatures from 20% of the registered voters for each district they hope to recall. That’s around 4,400 signatures per district, according to Darling Allen, although she recommends collecting closer to 7,000 per district to ensure enough of the signatures are usable.

Organizers of the group said on social media this is a “speedbump” and that they will restart the process.