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Shasta County recall election will move forward in District 2

 Shasta County Supervisors Chimenti, Moty and Rickert are being challenged with local recall efforts.
Shasta County
Shasta County
Shasta County Supervisors Joe Chimenti, Leonard Moty and Mary Rickert. All three were targeted for a recall election.

A controversial recall election in Shasta County will go forward. The announcement came Thursday after the county registrar of voters said enough valid signatures have been collected in one of three districts being targeted.

Shasta County District 2 Supervisor Leonard Moty will face a recall election scheduled for February 8, 2022.

Moty, a Republican, is one of three supervisors who were targeted in an aggressive campaign by a group of Shasta County residents. They launched the campaign Recall Shasta out of frustration that local elected officials didn’t resist state public health mandates during the pandemic.

In a statement Thursday, Moty wrote the recall group has “cast a dark shadow over our community by spreading lies and misinformation to divide and tear us apart.”

The campaign was also being branded as a template to remove officials in other local jurisdictions around the country called the Red White and Blueprint. However, organizers failed to collect enough signatures in two other Shasta County districts represented by Supervisors Joe Chimenti and Mary Rickert.

Organizers with the group Recall Shasta collected 6,032 signatures, of which 4,476 were found to be valid. 4,308 signatures were needed to qualify for a recall in District 2.

Like the recent recall attempt of Gov. Gavin Newsom, residents of the second district will vote “yes” or “no” to a recall, and on the same ballot choose a replacement candidate. If more than 50% of residents vote yes, the recall will replace Supervisor Moty.

Erik Neumann is JPR's news director. He earned a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and joined JPR as a reporter in 2019 after working at NPR member station KUER in Salt Lake City.