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Recall petition targets Yavapai-Apache councilman
468 signatures required by July 10

CLARKDALE -- A recall petition is being circulated against Jon Huey, Yavapai-Apache councilman and Nation police officer. The petition requires 468 signatures by July 10 to force a special election to determine if Huey is to be recalled.

Y-A Nation member Genevieve Datsi contacted the The Verde Independent by press release May 12 to announce that a recall petition is being circulated against Huey.

Datsi's release stated that Huey had publicly and verbally resigned as a Tribal councilmember March 28 during a Clarkdale Tribal Community meeting. The statement says Huey admitted to an incident that occurred off-reservation.

Huey has not responded to several attempts to contact him for comment.

Y-A Attorney General Rob Hunter said last week that his office does not handle recall petitions. "We haven't seen anything in this office," he said.

Hunter said the Nation would likely not take a position on the recall. "It's just the Nation members exercising their rights," Hunter said. "We don't have a problem with that."

On Thursday, Datsi said she had taken out the official recall forms. "So far, we've collected close to 200 signatures," she said.

Datsi said she has no special agenda with this recall effort. "I'm just a tribal member," she said.

According to Datsi, Huey is a young man, and, as elders, Datsi and others feel he must be held accountable for his actions. "He represents the Tribe, and he's also a police officer," Datsi said.

The newspaper has been unable to verify the nature of the alleged incident that may involve Huey and whether or not he has been charged with any offense on or off the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

Chief Judge of the Yavapai-Apache Nation Election Board, Crystal Rivera, said Tuesday morning that a recall petition against Huey has in fact been taken out.

"(Datsi) has until July 10 to get the signatures," Rivera said.

Rivera said the Y-A Elections Board would then have 10 days, from the date the petition is turned in, to verify the signatures.

"Thirty days from verification, there would be a special election," Rivera said.

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