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Unite Norman Requests Extension On Petitions To Recall City Leaders

Unite Norman, the group that’s collecting signatures in an attempt to recall the mayor and four city council members, requested an extension for signature gathering.

The group submitted a letter to the Norman city clerk Wednesday, asking for a 10 day extension to submit the signatures needed to initiate recall proceedings for Mayor Breea Clark and four city council members. The deadline is currently set for Friday, Aug. 14. 

In the letter, Unite Norman alleges the group has faced, “unprecedented opposition in the form of harassment, provocation and fraud that has made the petition drive impossible to fully complete.” The group also alleges individuals impersonating Unite Norman circulators have collected signatures and discarded them. 

Representatives of Unite Norman have said the group decided to file the recall petitions after the Norman City Council voted in June to remove $865,000 from the police department’s proposed budget. 

Unite Norman must collect the signatures of 25% of registered voters in Norman to begin recall proceedings for Mayor Clark and 25% of each of the four council members’ wards registered voters to begin recall proceedings for the council members.

The city council members Unite Norman is attempting to recall are Kate Bierman, Stephen Holman, Alison Petrone and Sereta Wilson, who resigned from her position. 

Russell Smith, co-founder of Unite Norman, said the group has between 10-20 pop-up locations set up across town where people can sign the recall petitions and has petitioners going door-to-door. 

"We want them (the mayor and city council members) out before they have another chance to do more damage to the police budget,” Smith said.  

The election would take place in January, a month before the regularly scheduled election, if the group collects the required number of signatures. 

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Katelyn discovered her love for radio as a student employee at KGOU, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and then working as a reporter and producer in 2021-22. Katelyn has completed internships at SiriusXM in New York City and at local news organizations such as The Journal Record and The Poteau Daily News. Katelyn served as president of the OU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2017 to 2020. She grew up in Midland, Texas.
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