The campaign to recall San Francisco District attorney Chesa Boudin was certified Tuesday. He became a symbol for the progressive prosecutor movement after he won a long-shot election two years ago.
John Arntz was the director of the city’s Elections Department. He stated in a statement, that enough valid signatures had been collected by the backers to allow the recall to be put to the vote on June 7.
By last month, they had collected 83,000 signatures — about 32,000 more than needed, NBC Bay Area reported.
Critics of Boudin, a former public defender whose parents were convicted of a 1981 armored car robbery that left three people dead, including two police officers, have argued that crime has reached “crisis” levels and that Boudin has failed to keep people safe.
City officials said this year that certain crimes, including homicides and burglaries, have risen in the last two years, while other crimes have fallen. Rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies have all declined since 2019, the officials said.
Boudin, who ran on a platform of ending mass incarceration, eliminating cash bail and creating a unit to review wrongful convictions, has pointed to reform-minded policies as successes and pushed back against the campaign to oust him.
“The reason that so many of you voted for me in 2019 was because of promises I made you,” he said at an anti-recall event last month, NBC Bay Area reported.
The recall effort “has nothing to do with the facts or the real challenges our communities are facing,” he said, adding, “This has everything to do with disrespecting the will of the people. “
Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News based in California.