North Idaho

Recall CdA turns in signatures

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Recall Coeur d'Alene is one step closer to a vote of the people. Organizers turned in the petitions to oust four city council members Monday morning.

They want Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers and Deanna Goodlander out of office.

For around two months Recall CDA has been on a campaign to gather thousands of signatures.

"It is clearly a team effort. The most extraordinary team effort I think I've ever seen," said Frank Orzell with the recall effort.

Recall CdA signatures

Recall CDA needs a little over 4,300 signatures for each person to get on the ballot. A number they say they've surpassed.

"Over 5,300 for each candidate. They vary a little bit because some people choose to sign for some, others choose not to sign for others," said Orzell.

Monday morning those petitions were handed over to the city clerk in front of Recall CDA leaders and Stop the Recall organizers.

"What we care about is what is validated. We'll find that out June 19th," said Sara Meyer with the Stop the Recall effort.

The city clerk handed the petitions over to the county clerk Monday. All the signatures will be verified through the elections office.

The recall effort is centered around the McEuen Field project. People feel the city council is not listening to their concerns, are angry at a lack of a public vote and uncomfortable with the price tag.

Council supporters say that's simply not true. They say the city council has compromised on the project and there's been a lot of wrong information spread throughout the community.

Next Tuesday the city clerk will announce if the recall effort has enough valid signatures to move forward to a vote.

'It's by no means a majority. It's enough to get on a recall ballot but it's not a majority of the people," said Meyer.

However Coeur d'Alene Recall supporters say they are pleased with the community's response and are waiting to see what happens next week.

"I am overwhelmed. I think we have far exceeded our most optimistic expectations," said Orzell.