Bigad Shaban and Robert Campos, NBC Bay Area, November 9, 2021
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will officially be forced into a recall election on June 7, 2022 during California’s statewide primary, according the city’s top election official.
Last month, the Investigative Unit broke news that organizers hoping to oust Boudin submitted more than 83,000 signatures to election officials in hopes of holding a recall election during next June’s Primary – that was roughly 32,000 more signatures that what is required to put the issue on the ballot.
Last month, Boudin seemed to hint the recall was inevitable by holding his own anti-recall rally.
He told supporters he has followed through on his campaign promises, including reducing the number of juveniles in jail. He also vowed to fight the recall effort.
“This has nothing to do with the facts or the real challenges our communities are facing,” he told his supporters. “This has everything to do with disrespecting the will of the people.”
Shortly after news of the recall effort broke on Tuesday, Boudin’s supporters issued a statement, calling the effort “radical,” adding the campaign to oust Boudin was the result of “shady and misleading tactics.”
“We are confident San Francisco voters will reject this Republican-funded and endorsed effort,” wrote Julie Edwards, spokesperson for the group ‘Friends of Chesa Boudin Opposing the Recall.’
“This recall effort is an attempt to reverse the reforms DA Boudin has enacted to keep us safe and make the criminal justice system fairer,” the statement said.