The Ada County Elections notified Teri Reno this week that the certified names on the petition she filed to recall Kuna School Board Trustee Michael Law were confirmed and that they will proceed with a recall election. The election is scheduled to be held on August 26 for the Zone 4 seat.
According to Ada County Elections Law has five days to respond whether or he will fight or resign.
Earlier in May, Law told KMN that he would fight the recall election if the petition was certified. He reiterated that to the Idaho Press Tribune earlier this week.
“When the five days starts, I don’t know, but it doesn’t really matter because I’m not resigning,” Law said.
Elections are not without costs. The taxpayer eventually picks up the tab for elections. A 2013 report by KBTV analyzed the cost of elections and determined that the county cost ranged from $4.02 per vote in a high-turnout election such as a presidential election to $15.80 per vote in a low-turnout election.
The May 2013 Zone 4 school board election between Michael Law and James Ford had only 37 voters turn out.
The effort by Kuna parent Terri Reno to have a recall election stems from her and many other’s assertion that Michael Law violated the school board’s code of ethics when he campaigned against the supplemental school levy for the March 11 election when the levy failed by less than 100 votes.
Reno told KMN that she while she had the signatures to submit the petition prior to the May 20 revisit of the supplemental levy at the ballot box, she wanted to wait until afterwards to file to not distract from the election. The May 20 supplemental levy election passed by 261 votes with a 42.76% Kuna voter turnout, twice the county average for the May election.
Law also told the Press-Tribune, “If it’s the accusation I spoke out against the levy after it was put on the ballot, then we should be recalling anybody who speaks out against a piece of legislation, because it’s the same thing. It’s just a ridiculous charge. Its founded, as in I definitely did that, but as far as that being a valid charge, it’s ridiculous.”