NVUSD recall drive falls short

A group of people looking to recall the Napa Valley Unified School District's board of trustees set up a booth during the Napa Town and Country Fair in August. Recall supporters were unable to deliver the required 10,000 petition signatures to Napa County election officials by the Wednesday, Nov. 29 deadline, killing their attempt to put a recall before voters in November 2018.

J.L. Sousa, Register file photo

Opponents of the Napa Valley Unified School District board on Nov. 29 announced the failure of their drive to put a possible recall of all seven trustees before voters.

The Committee to Recall the Board of Trustees of the Napa Valley Unified School District failed to gather the required 10,000 signatures on its petition, chairwoman Connie Brennan said in a news release.

Wednesday, Nov. 29 was the end of the 160-day period petitioners had to gain signatures for the recall measure, which Napa County’s Registrar of Voters John Tuteur said would have appeared on the November 2018 ballot.

“Although the committee and volunteers worked tirelessly until late in the day on Tuesday, we just didn’t make our number,” Brennan wrote in her statement, without saying how many people signed on to the recall drive.

Board president Jose Hurtado, one of the seven targeted by the recall, called Wednesday’s announcement “good news. I’m glad it failed to get enough signatures and we can move on.”

“I lost a few nights of sleep, but really, if you’re in an elected position, it’s part of the job,” Hurtado said of his initial reaction to recall effort.

“In a rather perverse way, it generated more interest in the board and the school district,” Hurtado said. “We’ve had more people attending meetings and showing interest in the governance of the school district than ever before.”

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