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83,000+ Signatures Submitted to Force SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin into Recall Election

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has learned organizers hoping to oust District Attorney Chesa Boudin submitted enough signatures to force him into a recall election next June

NBC Universal, Inc. Enough signatures have been submitted to likely force SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin into a recall election next June, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has learned.

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has learned more than 83,000 signatures have been submitted to election officials to force San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin into a recall election during next year’s June Primary.

While the San Francisco Department of Elections must first certify the signatures within the next month, organizers hoping to oust Boudin submitted 83,487 signatures, which is 32,162 more than the 51,325 signatures that are required to put the recall issue on the ballot.

Mary Jung, co-chair of the Safer SF Without Boudin campaign, reviews signatures from San Francisco residents hoping to force District Attorney Chesa Boudin into a recall election.

“It says a lot about the anger and the fear that San Franciscans have about what’s going on in the community,”

Mary Jung, one of the organizers of the effort to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin, discusses what she views as the significance of having collected about 32,000 more signatures that are actually required to put the recall effort on the ballot next June.

“It says a lot about the anger and the fear that San Franciscans have about what’s going on in the community,” said Mary Jung, who co-chairs the Safer SF Without Boudin campaign.  “People are still calling us wanting to know whether or not they can sign today to be part of the signatures being turned in.”

District Attorney Seemed to Acknowledge Inevitable Recall Election by Holding Anti-Recall Rally

On Thursday, Boudin seemed to hint the recall was inevitable by holding his own anti-recall rally.

He told supporters he has followed through on his campaign promises, including reducing the number of juveniles in jail.  He also vowed to fight the recall effort.

“This has nothing to do with the facts or the real challenges our communities are facing,” he told his supporters.  “This has everything to do with disrespecting the will of the people.”

If the recall question goes to the ballot next June and voters decide to fire the district attorney, Mayor London Breed would be responsible for appointing an interim replacement until a permanent district attorney could be elected next November.

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