The twist and turns in the on-again-off-again Pat Shannon recall effort took another twist Tuesday when the Sarpy County Attorney’s office said recall organizers may proceed with their campaign.
Deputy Sarpy County Attorney Bonnie Moore said the ongoing dispute over the legality of the recall does not require the recall campaign to be suspended. State law differentiates between actions that must suspend when an appeal is filed, and those that are not required to do so, she said.
The recall effort is not required to suspend, she said, even though Shannon has filed notice of an appeal with the Nebraska Court of Appeals seeking to overturn a Sarpy County District Court ruling allowing the recall to proceed.
The recall campaign would not have to suspend even if the court agrees to hear the case, Moore said.
Consequently, Deputy Sarpy County Election Commissioner Deb Davis said she notified recall organizer Christine Jurgens the recall petitions will be ready by Sept 25. Jurgens will then have 20 calendar days to pick up the petition, and 30 days from the day she picks up the petition to submit signatures.
Jurgens and her supporters must gather 6,597 signatures to trigger a recall vote. That figure represents 35 percent of the 18,846 votes that were cast in the 2016 at-large election between Shannon and Rob Klug.
Moore also asserts the time allotted for Shannon to submit a defense statement to be printed on the recall petition has expired.
She said an Aug. 28 ruling by Sarpy County District Court Judge William Zastera suspending recall proceedings for 20 days applied only to the election office and did not relieve Shannon of his responsibility to provide a defense statement within 20 days, a period that expired Sept. 17.