CHICO — For the third time, the attempt to recall Chico city councilor Sean Morgan is back to square one.
Chico city clerk Debbie Presson notified recall organizers Wednesday that their latest petition was being rejected because it “does not meet the requirements of the Election Code as to form and wording.”
It was the third time the group, calling themselves Chico Voters (paid for by the Committee Supporting the Recall of Councilor Coolidge and Councilor Morgan), had a petition to recall Morgan rejected by Presson. The first two were rejected because of problems with the signatures on the petition.
Presson said the petition was rejected because under the grounds for recall, “Proponents incorrectly included the word ‘changers’ instead of ‘chambers.’ ” That sentence said Morgan “cost the city $50k to kick a citizen out of changers.”
Presson also rejected the group’s initial petition to recall Mayor Andrew Coolidge because of problems with the signatures. The group’s second attempt was accepted, and recall proponents are now collecting signatures in Coolidge’s District 5.
Recall organizers have said they hope to gather the required number of signatures to place the recall on the regular ballot in June 2022.
“It pains me that a group that can’t seem to read, write or edit their work is seeking to overturn a legal election with a hostile takeover,” said Morgan. “As we work to end the injunction preventing us from enforcing the law, clean the city up, and take care of valued employees, this is not what’s best for Chico in any way, shape or form.”
We have contacted recall proponents for comment, and will update this story.