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Non-partisan group seeks to recall Gov. Ducey over efforts combatting COVID-19

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PHOENIX (KVOA) - Gov. Doug Ducey is facing another effort to remove him from office after an Arizona group formally filed a recall petition with Secretary of State Katie Hobbs on Friday.

According to a press release, the petition filed by Accountable Arizona, a non-partisan, political action committee, cites that the governor should be recalled based on his efforts in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Arizona was one of the last states to shut down in order to flatten the curve, and despite promising to take a phased approach to reopening our state, Ducey did not follow any phased efforts and reopened our state fully, even as COVID-19 continued to overtake our communities, to disastrous results,” group founder Adam Halleck said. “Arizona deserves better.” 

In order for a recall election to be held, the group must collect 594,111 signatures by mid-January.

“Even as the diagnosed cases and deaths from COVID-19 have climbed, and people lost their livelihoods, Governor Ducey has failed to act. He refuses to implement a statewide mask mandate, despite the growing evidence that masks reduce community spread and can promote trust in the economy,” Halleck said. “Arizona is now at a turning point: as the weather cools from the hottest summer on record and children return to school, cases have the potential to spike again. We simply cannot afford more deaths or cripple the economy further.” 

This is the second attempt to recall the governor over his strategy with combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last recall effort, which was filed by Arizonans for Liberty, looked to have the governor removed from office, focusing on his restrictions on businesses at the peak of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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