Enough signatures verified to vote on recall of SF DA Chesa Boudin, election officials say

Bay City News
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Enough signatures verified to vote on recall of SF DA, officials say
The San Francisco Department of Elections says it has verified enough signatures to hold a recall election for DA Chesa Boudin in June 2022.

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Department of Elections officials said Tuesday the department has certified a petition that seeks to recall San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, election officials said.

The special election to recall Boudin will take place on June 7, 2022, during the statewide primary election.

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About two weeks ago, the group Safer SF Without Boudin announced it had already gathered 83,487 signatures from San Francisco voters who want to recall Boudin -- well over the 30,000 needed to for the June ballot.

The group alleges that Boudin has failed to prioritize the public's safety by being too lenient on repeat offenders.

Two former prosecutors with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, former Assistant District Attorney Brooke Jenkins and former prosecutor Don du Bain, have joined the recall effort.

Safer SF Without Boudin has said the recall effort is Democratic-led.

VIDEO: SF DA cites systematic failures after parolee suspected of deadly NYE hit-and-run

On the heels of the deadly hit-and-run crash on New Year's Eve, there is a petition to recall San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. He spoke to ABC7 news about his handling of the situation.

The group Stand with Chesa, which is against the recall, however, has alleged the recall effort is led by Republicans.

"Make no mistake: this effort to overturn an election is Republican-led and fueled by fear-mongering and dangerous misinformation. They are pushing this recall at a time when we should be focusing on public health and economic recovery from the pandemic's devastating toll on our city," Stand with Chesa said in a statement on the group's website.

Boudin, a former deputy public defender with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, took office in 2020 after beating former interim district attorney Suzy Loftus in a tight race. After his win, Boudin said his office would focus on bold new initiatives like ending cash bail, reducing pretrial detention, ending the three strikes rule, and establishing a restorative justice program.

Since taking office, however, Boudin has faced major criticism, including from the San Francisco Police Officers Association.

Back in January, while out on parole for an armed robbery conviction, 45-year-old Troy McAllister fatally struck two women -- Elizabeth Platt, 60, and Hanako Abe, 27 -- as they crossed the street while McAllister drove a stolen car.

Following the revelation that McAllister was out on parole and had been arrested several times since without any charges, Boudin admitted the two women's deaths were preventable and said moving forward his office would make "systematic changes" in the way it worked with its partner agencies, including police and parole staff.

The video in the player above is from a previous report.