Effort to recall Truden moves forward
Post Independent Staff
With about 50 volunteers passing out petitions, recall organizer Sherry Caloia believes the effort will pay off.
Caloia is trying to organize a recall election in November to unseat 9th Judicial District Attorney Colleen Truden.
“We’re working furiously at collecting signatures,” she said. “We have over 1,000 petition forms out … We have about 2,000 signatures that haven’t been verified,” she said.
A total of 5,455 signatures, or 25 percent of the votes cast for Truden, are required to mount the recall, Caloia said. All voters registered in the 9th Judicial District can sign the petition, whether they voted in last election or not. After defeating Republican opponent Lawson Wills in the primary, Truden ran unopposed in the 2004 election.
Caloia must turn in her petitions to the secretary of state for verification on Sept. 18. She is collecting signatures from voters in all three counties in the judicial district: Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco.
“I don’t think we have to have a certain number from each county,” she said.
Petitions are available at the Aspen Hair Co., at Caloia’s law office, Microsolutions, and the law offices of Bob Noone in Glenwood Springs, and in Rifle at Steve Carter’s law office.
“We’re trying to hit major events,” she added. Petitions will circulate this weekend at Silt Hey Day.
The recall effort started after nine attorneys and staff left shortly after Truden took office in January. There have also been budget questions, and criticisms leveled at her for hiring her husband to do computer work in her office. Martin Beeson, a former deputy district attorney who quit after Truden took office, will also pass a petition in Aspen on Saturday.
Volunteers also plan to pass a petition at the sheepdog trials in Meeker in September.
Beeson has said he will stand for election to replace Truden. He must also collect 1,000 signatures on a petition of his own, Caloia said, that must be filed within 15 days once the secretary of state verifies the signatures.
Beeson had not returned phone calls as of Tuesday afternoon.
Former Deputy District Attorney Chip McCrory was also considering a run, but “he’s still thinking about it,” Caloia said.
“He hasn’t made a decision.”
Despite the effort of the volunteers, Caloia said more are needed.
“I’m hopeful and optimistic we can do it,” she said.
Anyone wishing to sign the petition can also call Caloia at her office, 945-6067 or e-mail her at scaloia@rof. net.
Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510
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