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13,500 signatures turned in to recall Sen. Angela Giron

Published: June 10, 2013, 9:35 am, by Megan Schrader

A little over 13,500 signatures to recall Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, were turned in Monday morning to the secretary of states office by local gun-rights advocates.

To put the ouster attempt on the ballot 11,500 of those signatures must be valid, which is 25 percent of the number of votes cast in the 2010 election that put Giron in office.

Victor Head, a plumber from Pueblo who is leading the campaign against the senator, said they were diligent to ensure all of the signatures were in Giron’s Senate District 3.

The state has three weeks to determine whether the signatures are from registered voters in the district, and if so, the governor will put a question on the ballot in coming months asking whether Giron should be recalled and if so, who should replace her. Candidates can get on the ballot by collecting signatures.

Giron is one of four Democrats targeted for recall this summer because of gun legislation they supported during the 2013 legislative session.

“For me it was her not caring what constituents had to say,” Head said, who came to the Capitol to protest gun control legislation. “She listened and then she voted the exact opposite of what her district wanted her to do. It’s frustrating to have a representative who doesn’t actually represent you.”

Of the other recall efforts, only Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, had signatures turned in. Those signatures are still being verified.

Giron is holding a noon press conference in Denver to discuss the recall effort.