To recall, or not to recall |

To recall, or not to recall

Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf said Thursday she’ll know Monday if petitions to recall two Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board members have sufficient signatures for a recall election.

Alsdorf said she was still checking the signatures Thursday, but couldn’t say how many she had checked.

If the signatures check out, board member Bruce Wampler and board president Susan Hakanson may face a recall election. The two have been criticized because of the district’s controversial plans to raze the Glenwood Springs True Value Hardware store and other buildings to make way for an expanded Glenwood Springs High School.

Alsdorf said Wampler needs 1,324 valid signatures to be recalled, while 1,856 signatures are required for Hakanson’s recall. After Alsdorf verifies the signatures, she must allow 15 days for the school district to protest her results.

But it’s really a matter of how the law is interpreted, says Cyndy Hallford, the board’s administrative assistant.

After Alsdorf tabulates the number of valid signatures, the district can dispute their validity and the number of signatures state law requires for a recall to be held, Hallford said.

Regardless of the outcome, it’s too late for the recall to appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, because ballots are already being ordered, Alsdorf said.

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