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Rogue River recall petition fails to gain enough signatures

A petition to recall Rogue River School Board members Vince Ceriello and Richard Pardy failed to get enough signatures to reach the ballot, the Jackson County Clerk's office said Wednesday.

The petition fell just short of the required 609 valid signatures. Although chief petitioner Caitlin Leal submitted about 730 signatures for each recall request, the clerk's office found only 573 of those calling for the recall of Ceriello were valid and 577 for Pardy.

"A lot of people who signed weren't registered to vote," said County Clerk Chris Walker.

Petitioners could try again to collect signatures and submit them to the clerk's office. Leal said it's likely she or another petitioner will attempt to recall the board members again.

"Most likely it will be filed again," she said. "It may be me or it may be somebody else in the community."

If the office had determined enough signatures were valid, Ceriello and Pardy would have had five days to resign or explain why they shouldn't be recalled, Walker said. If they didn't resign, an election would have followed within 35 days.

The failed petition alleged that both men tried to manipulate board votes, conducted school business outside of public meetings, directed staff to act without board approval and cut off patrons with denigrating messages.

Ceriello and Pardy have disputed the allegations. Neither could be reached for comment Wednesday.

Reach reporter Hannah Guzik at 541-776-4459 or email hguzik@mailtribune.com.