Recall efforts bubble up

Site lists legislation that organizers oppose

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State GOP Vice Chairwoman Kristi Brown's petition effort to recall state Rep. Tom Sullivan comes after rumblings about recalling other Democrats in Arapahoe County and beyond.

State Sen. Jeff Bridges of Greenwood Village and state Rep. Meg Froelich of Englewood, along with Democratic state Rep. Rochelle Galindo, of the Greeley area, were also listed on recallcolorado.org as “bad actors.”

That site lists moves by Democrats in the Legislature that it calls overreaching legislation, including the “red flag” law, the sex education bill that succeeded and the recent overhaul of Colorado's oil and gas industry rules.

Recall Colorado's site says it is “an entity operated by” Values First Colorado, a political organization registered to Joe Neville, according to Colorado Secretary of State's Office records. That's the brother of House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock.

An issue committee called “Official Recall Colorado Governor Jared Polis” was registered March 12 with the office. It had garnered about $22,600 in contributions through April 21.

Recall petitions must be approved by the state before proponents can collect signatures.

A petition for a recall of Froelich was submitted to be approved for signature collecting, but it was denied for formatting reasons, said Serena Woods, Secretary of State's Office spokeswoman. A new one has not been submitted. No petitions have been submitted for signature collecting against Bridges or Polis, and Polis cannot be recalled until he has served six months in office, Woods said.

A petition for a recall of Galindo was approved for signature collecting, but that lawmaker recently resigned in the face of unspecified “allegations,” according to multiple Denver-area media outlets.

Recall petitions, if successful, lead to elections to decide whether officeholders keep their seats.

To bring forth a recall election for a state or county elected official, a number of signatures equal to 25 percent of the total votes in the last general election for that office is needed on a petition, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

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