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7/14/2010 6:00:00 AM
Zanna falls short with recall; new effort targets Watson
Missed It By That Much
JC AMBERLYN/ Miner -- Kingman resident Eric Duran listens as Mohave County Elections Director Alan Tempert explains the recall process. Duran pulled paperwork Tuesday to recall Supervisor Gary Watson. Luca Zanna films in back.
JC AMBERLYN/ Miner -- Kingman resident Eric Duran listens as Mohave County Elections Director Alan Tempert explains the recall process. Duran pulled paperwork Tuesday to recall Supervisor Gary Watson. Luca Zanna films in back.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The movement to recall one county supervisor ended and another began Tuesday.

Golden Valley resident Luca Zanna did not meet the more than 3,700-signature requirement to place District II Supervisor Tom Sockwell's seat on the March ballot. He collected 3,420 signatures, yet Zanna does not feel his group failed.

"The recall was a tool to show the consequences of what can happen if our elected officials don't listen," Zanna said. "It shows that a few good men and women can create an earthquake and that we will not tolerate the county acting the way it has (by increasing security at the county offices, a dress code and changes in policy.)"

Zanna said he wasn't finished with the county or Sockwell. He said his attorney plans to file a civil suit for defamation of character and civil rights violations. Zanna also plans to pursue criminal charges against the county for the destruction of public records, he said. He claims that county officials destroyed or did not disclose to him an e-mail sent to all three supervisors and the county manager as part of a public records request.

Sockwell was not available for comment Tuesday.

A few minutes after Zanna announced he did not have enough signatures, Eric Duran, a Kingman resident, applied for paperwork to recall District I Supervisor Gary Watson.

Duran has 120 days to collect 5,239 signatures in order to put Watson's seat on the ballot. "Most governments have an agenda. They want to treat us like sheep. I don't want to be treated like a sheep and I don't want anyone else treated that way," Duran said. "There is a bubble over this county building where constitutional rights don't apply."

Duran said he is "pretty confident" he can reach the signature requirement. People need to educate themselves about what is going on with their government, he said.

Duran said he has never met with or talked to Watson, but he feels that Watson's inaction in stopping the county's new policies makes him just as responsible for the county's actions.

"He has the right to do that," Watson said. "I've never met the gentleman, but it seems odd that the (Zanna's) group would recall a supervisor that actually sat down and met with them."

Watson said he met with Zanna twice, once before the March meeting where the Board of Supervisors approved the new security and dress code policies.

Zanna pulled the paperwork to recall Sockwell in March because he felt that Sockwell and the county had overstepped the law when the Board of Supervisors approved three new policies that would prevent political activities from being held on county property, required all guns to be checked before a person could enter the county administration building and required all visitors to follow a dress code.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Article comment by: WE THE PEOPLE{ME} THINKING

Mr.WATSON, Will you now hold a public meeting to talk about the new version of the general plan it is flawed!!! before the sept.pz meeting ,this is your chance to stand above the rest and be a true leader.we 'll be looking for your reply here in the {KDM}

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Article comment by: 3,420 citizens are telling Sockwell to get OUT!

3,420 citizens have told Sockwell to get OUT! Sockwell should resign his post! Watson will be easier to recall! That amount of citizen input is staggering and shows what the people really think of Sockwell as a leader.

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Article comment by: agent 86

Aw yes...Maxwell Smart.."missed it by that much"

Kinda figured it would end up this way. The people would rather wait out this guys retirement then spend a ton of cash to give him the boot.

Good money after bad is what my dad would call this.

Maybe the approach was just a tad over the top?

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Article comment by: az mac

There was a learning process in getting the signatures. The recall of Gary Watson will go much better. Luca an his wife did a great job of organizing to collect the signatures. The whole group did a great job.
I did run into some people who were afraid to sign the petition. They were afraid the county would come after them. No one should ever have to fear their government. I also found many people haven't a clue about anything going on in the county or the country. I found many do not know what rights they should have. Very few know anything about our Constitution or our history. The older people have seen what was and what is now. They are the most informed. Many only vote parties, not the candidates. Why we get such bad politicians. Why our country is in such bad shape.
I hope all people get out and vote and to research the candidates before they make their choice.
Make a effort to sign the new petition if you live in district 1. It is time now to stop all the corruption in our governments starting with our own backyard. Make sure your candidate supports the Constitution. Look at their voting record. Look at their past history. All easy to do if your on the internet. Otherwise get out and talk to people, attend the rallies and meetings. Take a part in restoring our country.

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