PORTLAND, Ore. - The deadline for those trying to recall Portland Mayor Sam Adams is nearly here. In less than 24 hours, the campaign will need to turn in its signatures.
The campaign won't reveal exactly how many signatures they have, but organizers emphasize they need more than 32,000. Sunday is their last full day to collect signatures to get a recall of Mayor Adams on what they hope will be the November ballot.
Volunteers for the campaign against Adams said they have seen a "big surge" in signatures over the weekend, with 4,000 coming in since Friday. The chief petitioner said that although they need 32,000 signatures, they are hoping to have at least 37,000 to make up for those where a name or address may not be valid or may be outside city limits.
"I think we have a very good chance of making it," said Teresa Mcguire with the recall campaign. "Otherwise we wouldn't still be doing this. We would have packed up tents a month or so ago."
The recall campaigners said that they believe Mayor Adams should be recalled for as lie he told about not being in a relationship with an intern. That intern later turned out to be more than just a friend.
For Frank Leonetti, a recall volunteer, it's all about getting enough signatures to make their efforts pay off: "When it gets close to the finish line, that surge, adrenaline starts to hit."
Recall supporters will be collecting signatures until noon Monday and will then turn the signatures in to Portland's city auditor.