Recall campaign falls short, to join new group

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The petition campaign to recall Mayor Sam Adams has stalled and will be short of the required number of signatures to get the recall on the November ballot, according to organizers.

The deadline to turn in the required signatures was 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. As the deadline passed, Portland's City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade said that no petitions were submitted by the campaign and its "prospective recall petition is void."

Organizers tell KATU that they had around 30,000 gathered by noon on Monday, with more expected later in the day. However, only about 90 percent of the signatures in hand were valid. On Sunday, organizers said they were hoping to gather 37,000 signatures to give them some cushion for signatures that might be disqualified.

Chief petitioner for the campaign, Jasun Wurster, told KATU that even with more signatures expected to come in the afternoon Monday that it's not enough to meet the city auditor's requirement. That requirement is 32,000 valid signatures.

Wurster also tells KATU that his team plans to work with a new political action committee, the Portland Future PAC, which is looking to launch further signature drives using paid signature gatherers. Wurster used volunteers in his recall effort.

Portland Future PAC filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's office on Friday, with plans to submit its own petition to the Portland city auditor's office in about two weeks. Groups must submit a petition to the auditor's office to start circulating a petition to the public.

This submission would start the petition-process clock over again, giving Portland Future 90 days to collect the full 32,000 valid signatures.

Wurster told KATU News that persons who had signed his recall petition would be receiving a mailing asking them to sign the new petition being organized by Portland Future PAC.

Wurster said Portland Future PAC is being funded by "local business leaders" and has $100,000 in contributions so far. Who started the Portland Future PAC has not yet been made clear by the group.

This recall campaign began shortly after Portland Mayor Sam Adams admitted he lied about a relationship with an intern during the mayoral campaign.

KATU News and KATU.com will update this story as new information becomes available.