Group Files Application To Recall Arizona Superintendent Diane Douglas

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 9:56am
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 1:12pm
(Photo courtesy of Diane Douglas)
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas
(Photo by Alexandra Olgin - KJZZ)
Max Goshert is chairman of the Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas.

Activists are trying to recall the Arizona's schools chief. The Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas filed an application with the secretary of state’s office Tuesday. 

The group needs to collect 366,128 valid signatures within four months. Chairman of the group, Max Goshert, said he wants to recall the superintendent of public instruction because she isn’t qualified and doesn’t have a plan to help students. 

“Right now our main focus isn’t just getting her out of office, it is getting someone more qualified in," Goshert said. 

If enough signatures are gathered and verified by the end of the year, Douglas would have a week to resign. Secretary of State Spokesman Matt Roberts said if the politician decides not to leave office, then things will proceed like a typical election. 

“The only difference is one of the people on the ballot is technically the person being recalled," Roberts said. "The other candidates in the race would run and it would be similar to any other election.”

Anyone can run as long as they qualify under state law. The last elected official recalled was Russell Pearce in 2011. He was the architect of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, SB 1070. 

Updated 9/07/2015 at 12:30 p.m

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