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Recall nets 9,000 signatures

Chad Abraham

Opponents of Colleen Truden turned in a little more than 9,000 signatures today to state election officials, nearly 40 percent more than the minimum needed to trigger a recall election.And Denver media has recognized the issue. In Thursday’s edition, the Rocky Mountain News devoted three full pages to the story. The newspaper said no Colorado district attorney has ever been recalled.But the effort could move closer if at least 5,455 of the 9,074 names Truden foes have gathered are found to be from registered voters in the 9th Judicial District. The district attorney would then have 15 days in which to request and schedule a protest hearing. The initial counting of names is expected to take 10 days.Individuals with petitions kept trickling into the law office of recall organizer Sherry Caloia on Thursday, she said. That delayed Martin Beeson, former deputy district attorney and potential recall candidate, from starting his trip to Denver with the documents. Worried about rock slides or other Interstate 70-closing calamities, he left Thursday to ensure he would have enough time to get the ballots to the secretary of state’s office by the deadline of 5 p.m. today, Caloia said.He turned them in at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.”We’re very happy with that number,” she said of the signature tally.”Hopefully,” she said, “it’ll be enough to withstand the most strictest of scrutiny.”Gathering nearly 10,000 names demonstrates that “it’s not just a few people,” Caloia said. She was referring to recent comments by Truden that the recall effort was made up of “a couple of people.” The district attorney did not return a message Thursday.Caloia said the majority of the signatures came from Garfield County residents. She doubted that “even 100” of the total names came from Rio Blanco County, “and that’s our fault.”We didn’t get up there. We just didn’t have the manpower to get up there and pound the pavement,” she said. “If this does go to an election, I’m hoping we’ll put a lot more effort up there.”Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com