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Proponents of recalling Shasta County Supervisor Kevin Crye begin gathering signatures

Board of Supervisors meeting in Redding, Calif.
Shasta County
Board of Supervisors meeting in Redding, Calif.

Organizers of a petition to recall Shasta County District 1 Supervisor Kevin Crye will begin gathering signatures today.

On their website, Recall Kevin Crye, organizers posted a press release Monday that included details about a petition signing event. The event is scheduled to take place outside of the Board of Supervisors chambers ahead of this evening’s 5:30 meeting.

Proponents have 120 days to gather signatures from 20% of registered voters in the district to put the recall effort on a ballot. The district encompasses much of the city of Redding.

"For District 1, the minimum number of signatures is 4,151," said Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen.

Organizers of the recall effort said Crye was targeted due to his involvement in the cancellation of the county's voting system contract earlier this year and the lack of a clear plan to replace it.

Supervisor Crye did not comment on the recall by deadline.

In a press release Friday, Daniel Sloan, chair of the Shasta County Republican Central Committee, wrote that the organization opposes the recall effort.

“The Committee believes that the recall effort is a ploy by a vocal minority to distract and obstruct the county's business.”

Organizers of the recall said the group aims to gather enough signatures in time to include the recall on a special election ballot in November.

Currently, the county plans on hand-tallying that election. Darling Allen said this has created some hurdles for her office.

"We really don't have enough room within this building, within our current facility, to perform a hand count,” Darling Alen said. “So we are challenged in that regard."

Recall proponents have until Sept. 13 to gather signatures. Should the effort make it to the ballot and Shasta County residents vote to recall Crye, California Gov. Gavin Newsom would initiallychoose his replacement until the next regular election.

Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.
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