Zanna begins process of trying to recall supervisor

SUZANNE ADAMS/Miner<br/>County Elections Director Allen Tempert explains what Golden Valley residents Luca Zanna and Bridget Langston must do in order to collect more than 3,700 signatures to recall Tom Sockwell. Zanna pulled the recall petition paperwork Monday morning.<br/><a href="http://kingmandailyminer.com/Formlayout.asp?formcall=userform&form=20">Click here to purchase this photo</a>

SUZANNE ADAMS/Miner<br/>County Elections Director Allen Tempert explains what Golden Valley residents Luca Zanna and Bridget Langston must do in order to collect more than 3,700 signatures to recall Tom Sockwell. Zanna pulled the recall petition paperwork Monday morning.<br/><a href="http://kingmandailyminer.com/Formlayout.asp?formcall=userform&form=20">Click here to purchase this photo</a>

KINGMAN - Monday was Day 1 of a Golden Valley man's effort to recall District II Supervisor Tom Sockwell.

Just before the start of Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting, Luca Zanna and his wife, Bridget Langston, pulled the paperwork to circulate recall petitions and create the "Recall Tom Sockwell" political action committee.

Sockwell's district covers Bullhead City, Mohave Valley, Fort Mohave and a large part of Golden Valley.

Zanna did not know if his recall plan would work, but "I have a lot of faith. I have a lot of support from the community," he said. "It's in the hands of God."

Zanna has 120 days to collect more than 3,700 valid signatures. He has pledged to collect 5,000.

"I know we are overshooting, but this is a community effort," he said.

Zanna already has a system to cover the district with 48 volunteer petition gatherers. He has offered to pay volunteers $1 for each valid signature they gather.

"Some are doing it just to volunteer, others because they need a little extra money," he said.

Zanna also plans to put up a billboard along Highway 68 in Golden Valley calling for Sockwell to be recalled.

Zanna said he decided to pull the petition paperwork after county officials did not return his phone calls regarding an incident in November, when he was asked to stop passing out flyers before a town hall held by Sen. John McCain at the County Administration Building. Zanna was told the county had a policy against handing out political information or petitions on county property.

After the meeting, Zanna tried to find out more information about the county policy by calling all three supervisors' offices and the County Attorney's office, but he says he never got a call back.

Zanna called Sockwell a public official who "fails to protect individual rights" and ignored the petition of one his constituents.