Finchem opponents launch recall effort

State Representative Mark Finchem/.Gage Skidmore/Flickr

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

An effort to recall state Rep. Mark Finchem has been filed by a group upset with the Oro Valley Republican’s involvement in stoking voter fraud conspiracies and his connections to the organizers of the “Stop the Steal” movement. 

Rural Arizonans for Accountability will need to collect nearly 25,000 valid signatures by July 2 in order to trigger a recall. The group filed its paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday morning, which officially starts the 120-day window to collect signatures.

Finchem has drawn criticism from Democratic lawmakers and others for his role in the rally that preceded the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, his ties to extremist groups and for spreading misinformation about the election. All of those things are reasons for a recall and a reason for voters in legislative District 11 to reconsider their vote, Rural Arizonans for Accountability said. 

“Representative Finchem is not my enemy. Representative Finchem is not our enemy. But Representative Finchem’s actions have shown to undermine some of the most sacred institutions of our democracy” said Pablo Correra a Marine Corps veteran and co-executive director of the recall group said at a press conference on Friday.

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