Hudak recall petition approved

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A grass-roots group of residents are working together to remove Sen. Evie Hudak, D-District 19, from office.

The group is called the Recall Evie Hudak committee and is led by Kandee Evans of Arvada. On Saturday the committee held a recall kick-off event at Olde Town Arvada Town Square gathering signatures for the recall petition.

“I am a 40-year resident, and I’m tired of the government not listening to the people because the government represents us,” Evans said. “To have this many people come out is amazing.”

The Secretary of State approved the recall petition on April 11. Evans said the committee must now get at least 18,962 signatures by June 10 to force a recall election. The group is seeking 25,000 signatures to ensure a safe margin of valid signatures. Evans said not only is her committee gathering signatures, but many of those people are now canvasing the district for signatures.

According to the petition, Hudak “has blatantly disregarded her oath, infringed upon our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. She has voted to make all citizens less safe and to drive hundreds of jobs from Colorado.”

Recently Hudak voted to pass House Bills 1224 and 1229. HB 1224 limited the number of rounds allowed in a magazine, while 1229 expanded background checks for gun buyers.

Evans said the committee and the people at the kick-off event are not a bunch of angry, crazy gun owners, they are people of Colorado who want to stand up and have representatives actually represent them.

“We are just exercising our American right to be here,” she said. “I am confident that we will have well over 25,000 signatures.”

Hudak said she is aware of the recall petition.

“I am aware of the petition, but it will not impact my continued advocacy for women, children, and school funding during this session,” she said.