Effort to recall sheriff requests extention on petition deadline

The Committee to Recall Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney (recallfortney.com) has requested an extension in its signature gathering efforts. We have been working diligently for months planning and executing on a ground game. We have enlisted volunteers from all over the county who are making phone calls, dropping petitions at doors, sending text messages, and other similar types of activities.

Overall, people who we can directly converse with regarding the charges against the sheriff are incredibly supportive and eager to sign the petition. Some people are shocked and somewhat angry that they had not been informed about his behavior and have even become volunteers. Unfortunately, our efforts have been slowed considerably due to health concerns. If not for a global pandemic, we would have already reached our goal of 50,000 valid signatures. In the interest of allowing the voters the right to weigh in on something so important, it seems reasonable to extend this deadline.

I want to thank all the amazing volunteers who are working for such an important cause. We deserve to have a sheriff who follows the law. We deserve a sheriff who does not encourage citizens to defy the law. We deserve a sheriff who does not rehire people (with back pay) who were previously fired from the department due to egregious actions, costing taxpayers over $1 million that could have been spent in better ways. We deserve accountability in our sheriff’s department. Snohomish County deserves better.

Robin McGee

Lake Stevens

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