Beeson confident he’ll get on DA ballot
November 8, 2005
Martin Beeson’s last-ditch efforts to get 1,000 names certified by state election officials should be enough to get on the recall ballot of District Attorney Colleen Truden, he said Tuesday.Beeson said he has obtained notarized statements that were necessary for petition circulators who forgot to put their city of residence on the petition forms.”I think that will get us 27 to 28 signatures back,” he said.
Beeson’s bid to be on the ballot as the replacement choice if voters do throw Truden out of office Dec. 13 originally fell short by 19 names.He used the state’s five-day protest period to try to rectify the circulator problem and said he may challenge a handful of other dismissed signatures. Beeson has until the end of business hours today to submit the amended petitions to the Colorado secretary of state’s office.”From my database, it looks like all the information is accurate” on a few names, he said. “The [signers] are Republicans, and they were rejected for being unaffiliated. I think we’ll get maybe three or four signatures back that way.”
Beeson needs the signatures of 1,000 registered Republicans in the 9th District to get on the ballot.”I’m feeling optimistic,” he said. “We’re looking forward to being on that ballot.”Dana Williams, spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office, said election officials will likely need about a day to verify the signatures on Beeson’s disputed petitions if they are accepted.
“We don’t want to hold up the county clerks” organizing the election, Williams said.Recall proponents charge Truden with mismanaging her office, nepotism, dishonesty and a lack of accountability. Seven deputy prosecutors – including Beeson – and several staff members have resigned since she took office, with many heavily criticizing Truden’s administrative style. The recall effort was launched on the first day possible.If Beeson doesn’t make the ballot, Truden is recalled and write-in attempts fail, Gov. Bill Owens would appoint her successor.