The group trying to recall Anchorage Assemblywoman Jamie Allard didn’t file their petitions with the Anchorage Assembly Clerk’s Office because they could not get enough signatures from voters in Chugiak-Eagle River.
The Clerk’s Office gave the Recall Allard group an extra day to gather signatures because of the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, but it was not enough. The effort was led by Chelsea Foster, who is not in Allard’s district. She told her group on Facebook that cold weather this winter was a factor in not being able to get out of the starting gate.
There’s no telling how many legitimate signatures the group received because the petition is private information until submitted officially to the government, but the signature gatherers ran into a lot of resistance in the conservative stronghold of Eagle River, and the petition itself was ginned up by a couple of people from outside the Assembly district, which didn’t help the recallers make their case.
Allard has served on the Assembly since 2020, and is now a candidate for the Alaska House of Representatives, District 22.