The board to recall Mayor Lauren McLean and City Council Member Lisa Sanchez voted to suspend the signature drive.
According to organizer Joe Filicetti, the group said it was not on track to earn enough signatures with less than a month left until the Sept. 30 deadline to recall McLean and October 5 for Sánchez. The group had 75 days to gather roughly 26,000 valid signatures.
The recall effort missed the deadline to turn in signatures to have the recall on the November ballot last week, but said in a statement Monday it was still pushing toward the goal of having a March special election to remove McLean and Sanchez.
“We aren’t going to work volunteers if we don’t see a successful ending,” Filicetti said in a text message.
Filicetti also confirmed the suspension on KBOI-AM Friday with Nate Shelman.
“As I have been all year, I’m focused on seeing Boise through an unprecedented and difficult time,” McLean said in a statement to BoiseDev. “I will continue the work at hand – along with people from all corners of our city who value community over division – tirelessly.”
A McLean spokesperson said she is currently working on her State of the City address where she will outline her priorities later this month.
Sanchez encouraged those who had been involved in the recall effort to stay involved in local issues in a phone interview Friday evening.
“I hope that the folks who put in so much effort into this recall effort will not stop using their energy and will just redirect it toward causes where people are in need in our community,” she said.
A Facebook post from the organizing committee listed three reasons for the suspension. It cited the lack of large events like BSU football games and the Western Idaho Fair for signature gathering due to COVID-19, as well as general fear residents have of opening their doors to strangers. The group also said a Change.org petition with over 30,000 signatures confused residents, and that the upcoming presidential election had “overshadowed local politics.”
The post did not include details on any future plans from the organizers, but said they would “regroup and plan for the future.”