Effort to recall D-49 board member ends

August 5, 2011

A recall effort targeting a Falcon School District 49 board member ended Friday because the petitions weren’t turned in to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office by the deadline.

A group of people angry about recent school board decisions and changes in the district had until 5 p.m. Friday to collect 4,306 signatures supporting a recall of board Vice President Christopher Wright.

The recall committee — Benjamin Gregory, Mike Waller and Kathleen Hoder — started the effort in early June and had 60 days to collect signatures to put the issue to a vote. Only qualified voters within District 49 boundaries are eligible to sign the petition.

More that 1,000 signatures had been gathered about halfway through the time period allowed, one organizer said.

Wright said that he was not surprised at the lack of support for the recall. It indicates that the community thinks the District 49 school board is doing it’s job of holding people accountable, saving education dollars and putting power in the hands of those closest to students, he said.

Recall organizers could not be reached for comment Friday night.

Liz Olson, El Paso County elections manager, said that calls to the recall committee had not been returned.

Even without a recall, the board faces change in the fall.

Three board seats are up for election in November. Board President Dave Martin is not eligible to run again. Board Treasurer Andy Holloman’s term is up, although he has not said if he will run again. The seat held briefly by Rusty Moomey, who was appointed to the board in November, is also available, for a shorter term.

“We want to make sure we get the right people to keep the momentum going,” Wright said. “There are so many good people out here.”

Contact the writer at 636-0162.

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