Custer County voters recall two of three commissioners accused of violating sunshine law

The Pueblo Chieftain:¬†Custer County voters on Tuesday recalled two of the county’s three commissioners and voted for their replacements.

Republican Commissioners Bob Kattnig, representing District 1, and Donna Hood, representing District 3, were recalled. District 2 Republican Commissioner Jay Printz will remain in office.

Voters cast 1,354 “yes” votes to 1,174 “no” votes to recall Kattnig. Republican Bill Canda, the lone District 1 successor candidate, will replace Kattnig after receiving 1,402 votes.

Voters cast 1,406 “yes” votes to 1,130 “no” votes to recall Hood. Republican Tommy Flower will replace Hood as the District 3 commissioner after receiving 827 votes to beat out remaining successor candidates Kit Shy with 691 votes and John Johnston with 208 votes.

Printz escaped recall by receiving 1,323 “no” votes to 1,201 “yes” votes.

The recall was forced by the Take Back Custer County Recall Committee, a grass-roots, non-partisan committee that collected signatures to advance the recall to a vote. Committee members accused the commissioners of violating their oath of office to uphold the Colorado Constitution by holding “closed door, executive sessions and/or secret meetings wherein county issues were discussed and policy decisions made, which were not accessible to the public.”

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