Drive to recall Montrose commissioner stalls

MONTROSE — A recall effort against Montrose County Commissioner Gary Ellis has fallen short, Montrose Clerk and Recorder Fran Long said Wednesday.

To place Ellis on the ballot for a special recall election, the group Recall Montrose needed to acquire 3,012 signatures. Long said the group turned in 3,189 but after review, only 2,689 were found to be valid.

Long said the group has 15 days to file a protest and then a hearing would be scheduled to allow Recall Montrose to voice concerns.

“I believe the best thing for our county is to put this recall to rest and leave it behind us,” Ellis said in a press release. “We have many important issues that need to be focused on. I understand the recall group can challenge the matter, but I sincerely hope they take this opportunity to let both sides get back to resolving pressing issues and let the county heal.”

Long said signatures are invalid if information provided on the petition does not match with voter registration or if the person is not a registered voter in Montrose County. Additionally, signatures are invalid if the person does not give all the required information or if the signature is a duplicate.

Recall Montrose organizer Duke Richardson declined to comment Wednesday, stating only that the group would be “reviewing the deficiencies.”

Said Mike Krull, a Recall Montrose co-organizer, “We could only hope that the commissioners would have heard the concerns of these citizens. We presented the medium for their voice.”


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