EVERETT — An attempt to recall Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney officially fizzled Tuesday when those behind the effort failed to turn in any signed petitions to election officials.
To qualify for the ballot, signatures of 44,494 registered voters had to be submitted to the county Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m.
When the Committee to Recall Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney did not, it ended the group’s 10-month campaign to remove the first-term sheriff from office.
The group had raised $92,355 in cash and in-kind contributions as of Monday. The sum includes $4,513 worth of in-kind aid from the state Democratic Party and thousands of dollars worth of legal services from the lawyers who formed the committee last year.
Those leaders tried unsuccessfully to get county and state election officials to extend the deadline, arguing that health and safety restrictions imposed for the pandemic impeded signature-gathering. On Monday, they went to court, only to have their request denied by a Snohomish County Superior Court judge.