Tofanelli recall campaign fizzles

Supervisors Dennis Mills, Jack Garamendi, and Gary Tofanelli take the oath of office in January 2017. All three have since had recall efforts launched against them. 

An effort to recall Calaveras County District 1 Supervisor Gary Tofanelli has ceased after organizers did not submit the 1,396 signatures needed by the June 28 deadline for the November election. They have not revealed how many signatures were collected.

“The Committee to Recall Supervisor Gary Tofanelli has determined that our efforts and energy will better serve the community if we focus on the issues at hand in Districts 4 and 5,” stated a press release issued by the committee on Thursday.

“Over the past 18 months, the actions of Supervisors Mills and Clapp have made it clear their interests do not take the county constituents wishes into consideration, nor does their voting history show great care for our county,” the press release continues.

“However, in recent weeks, Mr. Tofanelli has shown what appears to be a sound conscience and desire to do right by the residents of Calaveras. The committee will continue to stay vigilant over the coming months and work to make certain our elected officials are held accountable for their actions.”

The petition to recall District 4 Supervisor Dennis Mills that was submitted to the Calaveras County Elections Office on May 30 surpassed the 1,555 signature requirement with over 2,000 signatures.

According to Assistant Clerk-Recorder Robin Glanville, the elections office has until July 19 to verify the signatures and determine whether Mills will be on the November ballot alongside District 5 Supervisor Clyde Clapp, who is up for re-election.

Another recall effort against District 2 Supervisor Jack Garamendi was launched in early February, but failed to produce the number of signatures needed by the April 20 deadline.