Otermat recall drive at 35 percent

By From page A1 | May 30, 2012

Customers of the Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District continue to gather signatures to recall board member Kathy Otermat.

Bob Villalobos, who is a member of the group that is gathering signatures, said that so far approximately 300 to 500 people have signed the petition to have Otermat recalled.

“I don’t know exactly how many we’ve got right now,” said Villalobos. “We are probably about 30 to 35 percent of where we need to be and are about half way through the time period to gather signatures.”

Villalobos noted that there are 15 to 20 people gathering signatures and they should have firmer figures by the end of the week.

“The momentum is picking up and today (Tuesday) we have people in the parking lot of the local market so if the pace keeps up, we should get the signatures needed.”

Vallalobos said the county Elections Department told them they need 1,780 signatures or 20 percent of registered voters to qualify the recall petition. The deadline for turning in the names is July 16, according to Villalobos, “but we want to turn them in by June 16,” he said, “in case we need more signatures.”

The resident said that people are more willing to sign the recall petition once they read the flyer the group has prepared that outlines actions Otermat has taken that are on the public record. “A number of people just want the opportunity to vote on it.”

Villalobos said that some people are concerned that Otermat or her friends will see who has signed the petition. “But only the petition gatherers and the Elections Department are supposed to see them. Kathy did come and take a picture of one of the petitions and the names on it but she shouldn’t have done so according to state law.”

“No one’s ever done a recall up here before,” said Villalobos. “But it seems to me the momentum is picking up.”

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

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