Kearney recall efforts to be on November ballot

By Jason Cowan, The Union Democrat, @jcowan1031

A bid to recall Steve Kearney from his role as Calaveras County District 5 supervisor has qualified for the November election, Rebecca Turner, the Calaveras County clerk-recorder, said Friday.

Turner said the petition was submitted on June 27 with 1,832 signatures. To be placed on the November ballot, 1,245 signatures were required. Turner added they stopped counting at 1,255.

“We stop checking once we have the necessary ballots,” Turner said.

The measure will go before Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on July 12 for approval. Turner said they do not have an option to decline. If they do not approve the ballot within 14 days, Turner will have five days to call the election.

If supervisors approve the measure on July 12, the filing period for candidates will begin on July 18. The filing deadline will be Aug. 25. Both the recall and candidates will be on the November ballot. If Kearney is recalled, the vote for the replacement will be tabulated.

The recall effort is being coordinated by Clyde Clapp, of Rancho Calaveras, who has said Kearney should be recalled because he supported an asphalt plant near Valley Springs and because he voted to remove off-site requirements at Olive Orchard Estates.

Kearney is not the only one to face potential recall out of District 5 in the past six years. Efforts to recall Darren Spellman failed twice during his four-year stint with the board from 2011-15.

Kearney could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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