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D-49 recall opponents reportedly trying to invalidate petitions

By: CAROL MCGRAW
July 28, 2009
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A group of community activists trying to recall two members of the Falcon School District 49 board is alleging that some people are posing as district representatives and going door-to-door to try to get signatures removed from the recall petitions.

Last week, county officials validated signatures on petitions to recall board members Dave Martin and Kent Clawson. The period to protest that effort ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Some of those against the recall reportedly have been canvassing Falcon neighborhoods in recent days trying to persuade those who signed the petitions to reconsider and request that their names be taken off.

To invalidate the petitions, at least 180 people would have to remove their signatures for Martin, and 185 for Clawson, said Liz Olson, El Paso County election manager.

Olson said Tuesday she has not received any protests or signature-removal requests that would halt the recall.

In an e-mail to district officials, recall committee member Donna Arrington said those doing the canvassing were wearing official district name badges and school apparel, perhaps in an attempt to imply that they were representing the district.

But D-49 officials said there was no information to verify the claim.

D-49 spokeswoman Amanda Mountain said that Brad Schoeppey, who took over as superintendent this week, believes there is no proof of any wrongdoing, and no evidence that school or district policies have been violated.

“So, at this point, we won’t be commenting on hearsay,” she said.

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