West Ada recall petitions certified

The recall election against four West Ada School District trustees cleared another hurdle Friday.

Ada County elections officials certified the recall petitions, which means trustees Russell Joki, Julie Madsen, Carol Sayles and board chair Tina Dean could face recall elections on May 17.

A couple of unanswered questions remain.

West Ada district logoThe first question is how the trustees respond to the recall. They have five days to decide whether to resign or go before voters. Dean, Joki and Madsen have all said they will consider stepping down, the Idaho Statesman reported Saturday.

Then there’s an unresolved legal question about the recalls. An attorney for Joki and Sayles has said the petition drive fell far below the thousands of signatures needed to trigger a recall. District Judge Deborah Bail denied a temporary restraining order against the election, the Statesman’s Bill Roberts reported, but a hearing on the request for an injunction is set for March 9.

Despite the legal questions, recall organizer and former Meridian district superintendent Christine Donnell hailed Friday’s news from county elections officials.

“It is time to end the dysfunction and restore transparency and sound fiscal management to the West Ada School District,” she said in a statement. “Today we are one step closer to that goal.”