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SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin Officially Forced Into Recall Election Next June

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has learned voters in San Francisco will decide whether to fire their district attorney during next June’s election

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San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will officially be forced into a recall election on June 7, 2022 during California's statewide primary, according the city's top election official.

“Today the Department of Elections certified that the petition to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin contains a sufficient number of valid signatures and that the petition is successful,” wrote Director of Elections John Arntz, who sent a letter to petition organizers on Tuesday notifying them of the conclusion of the certification process.

Last month, the Investigative Unit broke news that organizers hoping to oust Boudin submitted more than 83,000 signatures to election officials in hopes of holding a recall election during next June’s Primary – that was roughly 32,000 more signatures that what is required to put the issue on the ballot.

“As prescribed under California Elections Code 11225, the Department reviewed 4,174 signatures (5% of the total submitted) that were randomly selected from the 83,484 signatures submitted with the petition,” wrote Arntz.  “Based on this review, the Department determined the petition contained a number of valid signatures greater than the minimum of 51,325 signatures required for the petition to be deemed successful.”

Last month, 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.”

Shortly after news of the recall effort broke on Tuesday, Boudin's supporters issued a statement, calling the effort "radical," adding the campaign to oust Boudin was the result of "shady and misleading tactics."

"We are confident San Francisco voters will reject this Republican-funded and endorsed effort," wrote Julie Edwards, spokesperson for the group 'Friends of Chesa Boudin Opposing the Recall.'

"This recall effort is an attempt to reverse the reforms DA Boudin has enacted to keep us safe and make the criminal justice system fairer," the statement said.

Mary Jung, former chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party and a self-described democratic activist, is one of the organizers of the effort to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Boudin's opponents are quick to pounce on the notion that the recall effort is Republican led, pointing to the fact that there are only 33,000 registered Republicans in the city and, yet, more than 83,000 San Franciscans signed the petition to put the recall issue on the ballot.

"It is time to put that tired talking point to bed," said Mary Jung, a former San Francisco Democratic Party chair, who released a statement as one of the leading organizers of the recall campaign. "The fact is we have support from hundreds of volunteers from across San Francisco and the vast majority of our more than 600 donors are Democrats, decline to state, and no party preference voters."

If San Franciscans 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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