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Arizona City Fire District Board of Directors recall, Arizona (2014)

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An effort to recall three members of the Arizona City Fire District Board of Directors from their positions was launched in October 2013. The effort was launched by Ed Hill and John Trainor.[1] Targeted members include: William Bailey, Chairman Betty Harding and James Leary.

The recall effort was launched following a 3 to 2 vote to remove Paul Sabel as fire chief. The three board members that voted in favor of removing Sabel were targeted in the recall.[2][3] Ultimately, supporters did not collect enough valid signatures, so the recall effort did not go to a vote.

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Recall supporters had a total of 120 days to collect a minimum of 440 signatures for each of the board members, a total of 1,320 for all three targeted members.[4]

Under the law, even if sufficient signatures had been collected to trigger an election, candidates could also have filed to run for office. State law requires that such elections take place at the next consolidated election, which in this case would have been August 26, 2014. Had the recall effort succeeded, the recalled board members would have been required to run again before their terms expired.[5]

Supporters of the recall turned in signatures by the February 20, 2014, deadline, claiming they had more than the required number to trigger the recall vote. Had enough valid signatures been validated, a recall election would have been held on August 26, 2014.[4]

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