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The death of the recall campaign against the mayor of Antioch; Professional signature collectors accused of fraud

Leaders of the campaign to oust Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe say they were called back when a professional signing company failed to turn over signed petitions and left the city with a payment of $23,000 already collected. taken.

“The company hired to collect the signatures deceived us,” the committee posted on its recalled Lamar Thorpe Facebook page on Wednesday night.

Thorpe was served with intent to recall papers last fall, with supporters citing a number of reasons that the mayor was not supportive of small businesses or the police department.

Supporters needed a total of 9,511 signatures as of 5 p.m. Wednesday to receive the recall initiative on November’s ballot, but were unable to submit them, according to a statement posted on social media the same night. A representative of the group said that the members realized the fraud during the verification process.

He also said in the statement that another 1,500 signatures collected by volunteers were given to the company to verify them as registered voters and were never returned.

Attempts to reach the company, which they paid to collect and verify signatures but did not name, went unanswered, recall leaders said in a statement on Facebook, believing they left the state. Is.

The recall committee said it plans to “recourse against the company collecting the signatures and individuals who we believe are defrauding members of our community.”

“All funds used to pay for the signing were contributed by residents, businesses and others who support the recall,” recalls supporters posted on their recall Lamar Thorpe Facebook page on Wednesday. Recall supporters did not say how much they have raised and have yet to file campaign finance statements.

Calling the acts of the professional signature company “criminal,” the recall leaders said in a statement that they plan to file a police report. He did not return calls seeking comment, but said in a Facebook post that “no further public statements will be made to not interfere with the investigation process.”

Citing the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recall committee asked for extension of the time limit to 60 days so that they can collect more signatures.

“We were issued our approval to collect the recall signature on 12-02-2021, when we were not only in the midst of the COVID pandemic, but Contra Costa County was one of the strictest counties to implement COVID restrictions,” recalls Proponent Kathy Cabrera wrote in her demand to the city clerk. “Between 12-02-2021 and 3-31-2022, the date on which the governor lifted the COVID restrictions, we were limited as to how we could collect signatures such as door knocks, indoor Organizing events etc., and our efforts were hampered for four months.”

City Clerk Ellie Householder declined a request for a COVID-related extension, who said she consulted with an outside attorney in making her decision. She said she didn’t learn of any problems with professional signature collectors until after that.

Meanwhile, Thorpe had raised $80,437 from 62 residents, friends and businesses from January 1 to March 31, according to his campaign finance documents. He posted a response on his Facebook page in a video to end the recall efforts.

Surrounded by a group of supporters, the mayor said, “Many thanks to everyone and to the good people of Antioch for overwhelmingly rejecting this recall.” “I’m excited because 150 years ago, Antioch had its first mayor, and its first city council meeting took place in our city’s Hard House. And today, I’m going to give the city’s 150th state city address just a few blocks from there. Got respect.

Thorpe said the incident gave him a chance to remember the past, while looking at the diversity and inclusion that Antioch represents today.

“That’s why I am so excited that the effort to remember is finally over and we can move forward to be an inclusive community, a community where everyone is welcome and we will stop taking different perspectives.” Because who are the people.”

Check back for updates.

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