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Barela petition declared sufficient, Cendejas petition now insufficient

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 7th, 2015

CENTER — The recall petition circulated by the Committee for Educational Excellence for Center School Board member Richard Barela has been remedied to the status of sufficient, according to Saguache County Clerk and Recorder Carla Gomez.

School board member Yuridia Cendejas’ petition was declared insufficient, Gomez reported last week, after 30 signatures were withdrawn. This brought the total requesting that Cendejas be recalled to only 93, 16 short of the required amount. Cendejas’ petitions were only deemed sufficient for the recall by eight votes Dec. 17.

Gomez determined that of the 257 signatures submitted for Cendejas, only 117 could be verified. A total of 109 signers were needed to validate the petition. Eight signees for the Cendejas petitions originally withdrew their signatures. The Varoz/Sanchez committee has 15 days to remedy the petition. Requests to remove signatures from the petition also will be accepted during this time.

The Barela petition failed earlier last month but was remedied before the 15-day deadline expired Jan. 2. The petition was initially signed by 309 Center registered voters, but Gomez rejected 132 signatures as invalid and eight signees withdrew their signatures.

The Committee for Educational Excellence cured 46 out of the 157 rejected signatures on the original petition, raising the total signature count for Barela from 144 to 290 signatures petition. The group needed at least 281 signatures for Barela’s recall.

All signatures accepted, withdrawn or rejected are on file for viewing at the Saguache County Clerk and Recorder’s office.

Gomez also announced Jan. 2 that the date of the recall election has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 24 and will be a mail ballot election.

Varoz and Sanchez both have submitted their 300-word statement for the ballot, explaining why they should not be recalled. Candidates proposed by both sides must petition on as candidates for the board positions within 15 days from the date commissioners convene to set the election.

Registered Center School District voters must petition on as candidates for the board positions within 15 days from the setting of the election. Several voters are considering the petitions, Center Schools Superintendent George Welsh said last month.

For the complete article see the 01-08-2015 issue.

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