Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board member Kathy Otermat provided the following response to the failed movement to recall her:
“I’d like to thank the voters who chose not to sign the recall petition thus defeating the special interests that started this baseless recall.
“This confirms that the will of the people was made known in the 2010 elections, when voters said ‘no’ to the unacceptable and unsustainable status quo at GDPUD and ‘yes’ to fiscal responsibility and a new direction by voting for Director Bonnie McLane and myself over two incumbents.
“Although we are currently a minority on the board, we remain strong and organized with momentum on our side. I believe in November voters will demonstrate that they want the same by voting for two new directors with the courage to tackle the long-term fiscal challenges at GDPUD and put the best interests of the ratepayers before GDPUD management.
“The recall proponents used scare tactics and spread misinformation in order to persuade voters into signing while I have always armed myself with facts.
“California Law Elections Code Section 18600 clearly describes unlawful signature gathering tactics, including providing fraudulent information to persuade and the Penal Code for punishment. For the last three months I have been contacted by several members of the public with their personal experiences with these unlawful tactics. This information is currently being prepared for submission to the EDC Grand Jury. The recall proponents have produced a toxic political environment and I hope that punishment for unlawful activities will dissuade future similar tactics and that differences of opinion can be worked out in the boardroom and not by untruthful personal attacks.
“I look forward to continuing to speak up for the financial interest of GDPUD’s 3,700 ratepayers to the best of my abilities.”