Kuna recall drive clears another hurdle

A recall election against Kuna school trustee Michael Law is one step closer to taking place.

Michael Law
Michael Law

The Ada County elections office reviewed signatures targeting Law — and determined that his opponents had gathered the 29 signatures needed to qualify for a possible recall election.

The next move now falls to Law. He will have five business days to decide whether to resign or fight the recall election. Law has indicated that he plans to fight for his post — and has said he is the target of a political vendetta, since he has publicly opposed supplemental property tax levies to boost the district’s budget. A two-year, $6.38 million levy narrowly failed in March, prompting the recall drive, but an identical levy narrowly passed on May 20.

From the beginning, Law’s opponents had said they planned to push for a recall, even if voters approved the levy the second time around.

If Law decides to fight the recall, a special election would be held on Aug. 26.

Supporters of the recall would have to clear two hurdles. First, they would have to convince a majority of voters to support a recall. Second, they would have to round up at least 32 votes for a recall — to exceed the 31 votes Law received when he was elected to the school board in 2013.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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