Otermat recall efforts proceed

By From page A1 | June 13, 2012

A petition to place on the ballot the recall of Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board member Kathy Otermat continues to pick up signatures.

According to Bob Villalobos, who is one of the leaders of the recall movement, they have now collected between 1,300 and 1,600 signatures which, according to him, “gives us 65 to 75 percent of where we want to be.”

Villalobos said that according to figures gathered at a meeting on Monday night, “We’re pretty much on schedule and we shouldn’t have any problem reaching 2,000 signatures by July 4. I’m confident we’ll be there by then.”

Approximately 20 to 24 people are said to be circulating petitions primarily in the parking lots of local supermarkets and at the farmer’s market in Garden Valley.

According to the Elections Department, the group needs 1,780 signatures, or 20 percent of registered voters, to qualify the recall petition for the November ballot. The deadline for turning in the petition is July 16.

“June 16 is still our target date,” Villalobos said, “but we won’t turn anything in until we are sure we have enough signatures and then some as a buffer and that might take us to the end of June. The Fourth of July we will set up a booth. It will be our last hurrah for gathering signatures.”

Both Otermat and the recall group have taken out ads in the local newspaper on the recall. Villalobos said many people in the community were not aware of the issue until asked to sign the petition.

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

Dawn Hodson

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