Voters wouldn’t choose new mayor, councilmembers if CDA recall passes

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Posted on May 30, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 30 at 5:41 PM

COEUR D’ALENE-- Tuesday night a group called Recall CDA said they collected enough signatures to possibly vote out several city leaders in Coeur d’Alene. Recall CDA says they will collect more signatures just be make sure they have enough, while the other side is working to change people's minds.

On the chopping block are Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandy Bloem, Councilmen Mike Kennedy and Woody McEvers, and Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander.

The numbers appear to be in favor of Recall CDA. Group president Frank Orzell says they have around 18,000 total signatures from supporters. “It’s not hard to separate hope from expectation, were not surprised we hope we would be get through this quickly and we're still going for more.”

Orzell's group wants Mayor Sandi Bleom and three city council members out. He claims it will help bring more of a community voice into city hall.

If voters approve a recall, they won’t have a say in the replacements, neither would recall CDA. We're told Idaho’s governor would pick a new city council member, the council of four would choose two more, and then they all would pick the new mayor.

Sara Meyer runs decline to sign. Her group ran ads in the local newspaper Thursday showing people how to take their names off recall petitions they've signed, either if they changed their minds or if they were allegedly given false information by recall signature collectors to influence people.

Recall CDA officials say only one person was giving out false information. That person was fired and the signatures they collected will not be turned in.
 

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