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Oct 31, 2012 1:38 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Committee's failed attempt to recall school board member will not stop them from trying again, says Chairman

A recall effort to get Santa Maria-Bonita School District Board member Will Smith out of office has failed, falling short by about 500 signatures. But, the committee that spearheaded the campaign told KSBY News on Tuesday, the idea of running another recall drive is not out of the question.

Glenn Goldin, the chairman for the Committee to Recall Will Smith, said if school board candidate Michael Kon, a reported supporter of Smith, gets elected next week, then they will definitely consider another recall.

Supporters of the push to recall Smith said they collected 4,383 signatures as of Monday night's 5pm deadline, but they were short 586 signatures. The campaign effort had been going on for the last four months.

Goldin said the grassroots efforts began after the school district allegedly revealed legal issues surrounding Smith has cost more than $800,000.

KSBY tried to get a statement from Smith, but he declined, other than to say, "the people have spoken."

"I think the silver lining is that we have developed a large contingency, hundreds of people who are very involved in this school district now, who are here to support the children, to make sure we have quality board members, helping to make this school district the best that it can be," said Goldin.

Goldin said voters should study all board member candidates and be prepared for the elections.

Board member candidate Kon is up against five other people, and there are three seats available. Each member serves a four-year term.

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