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Recallers relent, call end to signature gathering due to COVID outbreak

The official signature gathering on the petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy has been suspended, as of March 18.

According to a social media message from the paid staff of the Recall Dunleavy Committee, the signature gathering in Anchorage had been paused a week ago. However, several observers said that they saw it and some documented it continuing in the malls, even after a state of emergency had been announced.

Meda Dewitt with Recall Dunleavy said on Wednesday: “No one should be gathering signatures anywhere at this time. Please always follow CDC guidelines. We have been working on contingency plans. Stay tuned.”

The group is believed to have about 30,000 of the 71,252 signatures it needs to force a recall election of the governor. The group had hoped to collect the signatures by April to force the question onto a special election ballot. However, unless the group can convince the court to allow it to collect signatures digitally, it may not make that goal, since the state is now in a state of emergency due to a rapidly spreading virus.

Cases of the virus have popped up in Ketchikan, Seward, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, with a total of nine cases in the state so far. All were travel related, but several appeared to be asymptomatic for some time, which means community transmission is now highly likely, if other communities’ experiences are repeated in Alaska.

The CDC and the State of Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink has advised that people keep a six-foot distance from each other during the outbreak.

However, although the Recall Dunleavy group had stopped its pop-up event signature gathering and static gathering on March 13, it had urged individual signature gatherers to continue their efforts. Out-of-state signature gathering has also continued, according to several social media reports from individuals who had signed the petition.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • As soon as Dunleavy starts issuing early PFDs to stimulate the economic crises caused by Wuhan Flu, the recall will be effectively over. Dunleavy a hero! Recall organizers can donate their PFDs back to the state, and return to smoking marijuana.

    • Make our checks BIG, governor. But make Bill Walker’s small. Get those checks out early. We’re gonna need them.
      PS. small check to stingy Giessel too.

  • IMO, events of the last two weeks have re-focused the minds of many Alaskans. Many, perhaps enough, have recognized that the machinations of the recall sponsors are petty, political and flawed. Governance is not about advantage or hurt feelings; it is about responsibility, service and problem-solving. The recall effort should just fade away.

  • Good they all can go back to the lower 48 to home. Leave Alaska now and don’t let the door hit you in the behind.

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