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City clerk must verify there are 6,363 valid signatures to qualify recall election

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Second District Councilmember Jeannine Pearce

An effort to get 2nd District Long Beach Councilmember Jeannine Pearce recalled has moved one step closer to success.

In a “conditional receipt for petition” dated May 9, Long Beach City Clerk Monique Delagarza wrote that she had certified that at 4:06pm Ian Patton, who has led the effort, had submitted 9,462 unverified signatures for the petition titled “Petition for the Recall and Removal of Jeannine Pearce, Holding the Office of 2nd District Councilmember in Long Beach, California.”

Patton, who has worked as a political consultant and helped to form the recall group last August, is also principal of his own consulting firm, Cal Heights Consultancy. has indicated that recall opponents— Neighbors United to Oppose the Costly and Misleading Recall— said they were sure hundreds, maybe even thousands, of [proponents’] signatures are not valid and claimed proponents had used “misleading methods” to gather them.

The recall effort must have 6,363 valid signatures from 2nd District voters to enact a recall election, possibly on the November ballot. Delagarza will still need to validate that the group has collected the necessary number of signatures.

If a recall election does indeed take place, voters in the district will be asked if Pearce should be recalled and who should replace her, if so.

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City clerk must verify there are 6,363 valid signatures to qualify recall election