Proponents of recalling three board members of the Coastside Fire Protection District members are making a final push today to get enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
Three separate recall petitions are being circulated to remove fire board directors Doug Mackintosh, Gary Riddell and Mike Alifano. The clock started ticking on June 29 to gather 2,714 signatures for each recall petition.
Today is the last day to get the measure on the ballot for the November election, but recall supporters signaled they probably wouldn’t make that deadline.
"It's pretty safe to say we're not going to make it," said Mike Gaynes, a recall supporter.
According to recall organizer Marshall Ketchum, “thousands” of signatures have already been collected for the three petitions. He said that having the recall on the November ballot would increase the number of people who see the issue, but getting it on the ballot for a special election will not be overly problematic.
If organizers collect the signatures by Oct. 26, they could still qualify for a special election sometime after November.
"We'll go for however long it takes to get enough signatures to get it on the ballot," said John Lynch, a signature-gatherer for the recall.