Recall proponents seeking to remove two Trinity County supervisors from office qualified last week on Nov. 4 to begin circulating petitions against District 5 Sup. John Fenley and District 3 Sup. Karl Fisher.
To advance the process to a recall election, proponents have until Jan. 5, 2015, to collect enough qualified petition signatures from registered voters within the district of the supervisor sought for recall. They must obtain 322 valid signatures against Fenley and 356 against Fisher to force an election. The number varies depending on the number of registered voters within a district.
This is the sixth attempt to recall Fenley since he was elected in 2012 and took office in January 2013 and it is the third attempt against Fisher who was elected and seated at the same time. Both seats are next up for election in June 2016 unless a special recall election is held sooner.
Previous recall attempts, including the most recent in August, were disqualified by County Clerk Recorder/Assessor Deanna Bradford for a variety of reasons including insufficient signatures to start the process (a minimum of 20 is required), or failure to publish the initial notice of intent to recall an elected official. One effort against Fenley earlier this year did progress to the circulation of a recall petition, but a completed petition was not filed.
In the current effort led by Diane Richards of Hayfork for District 5 and Michael Wear of Hayfork for District 3, notices of intent to recall were published in Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 issues of The Trinity Journal listing multiple claims against the two officials. Bradford certified that the initial signatures were sufficient this time and approved the petitions as to format, allowing their circulation to begin.
District 5 encompasses Southern Trinity, Hyampom and part of Hayfork. District 3 includes the rest of Hayfork, Douglas City and Wildwood.