Tom Luna recall, Idaho Schools Superintendent (2012)

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An effort to recall Tom Luna from his position as Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction was launched in November 2011.[1] The effort failed due to an insufficient number of signatures.[2]

Recall support arguments

A recall effort took place in 2011 but failed to make the ballot. Organizers then aimed for the November 6, 2012 ballot. The 2012 Recall Luna campaign site at that time stated, "The November 6, 2012 Idaho election will be just like Woodstock, without the music, sex, or drugs. It will be an election that people are talking about 50 years from now."[3]

The site listed three reasons for the recall:[3]

  • "Mr. Luna had a hidden agenda."
  • "Mr. Luna's "reforms" reflect the interests of his campaign contributors."
  • "Mr. Luna ignored the vast majority of students, parents, and teachers who opposed his plans. In short, Mr. Luna has become disconnected and arrogant and should be recalled."

Tom Luna's response

In response to the recall, Luna issued a statement saying, “Students Come First has always been about reforming education so we can educate more students at a higher level with limited resources. Opponents of the laws have tried to make it personal. Reforming education has never been about me."[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Idaho

The signature collection period was originally set to begin April 30, 2012. However, in a letter to The Spokesman-Review, on May 13, recall leader Pete Peterson announced the starting date had been pushed back to July 3.[5] Organizers had 75 days to collect 158,000 valid signatures to put a recall on the ballot.[6]

Until April 2012, Pete Peterson, campaign manager for the 2012 Luna Recall Committee, said they would focus on new voter registration, hoping to increase the voter rolls by 5-10 percent.[7]

If enough signatures were verified, Luna would have had five business days to either resign or face a recall vote in November.[8]

Recall organizers promised to start a third effort in December 2012.[2] Luna announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014 in a press conference on January 27, 2014.[9]

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