Campaign to recall Diane Douglas fails

Posted at 8:30 AM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 10:50:51-05

A campaign to force a recall election for state Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has failed.

Recall campaign chairman Max Goshert says the volunteer effort collected approximately 40,000 voter signatures on recall petitions by Wednesday's deadline. That's well short of the nearly 370,000 required to force an election.

Goshert said the recall campaign was hindered by a lack of funding to pay for paid petition circulators and by voter apathy.

The recall petition cited Douglas' feud with the state Board of Education and said she was focused on increasing her power rather than on students and school performance.

Douglas has said through a spokesman she was focused on supporting students, teachers and schools and wasn't following the recall effort.

Douglas is a Republican elected in 2014.