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Recall on Oregon's North Coast fails

Organizers didn't succeed in collecting the 4,883 signatures required to trigger a vote in House District 32 which includes parts of Clatsop, Tillamook and Washington counties.

A #TimberUnity sign stands off U.S. Highway 30.Organizers with Timber Unity announced this week that the effort to recall Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell, D-Astoria, has failed. The group didn't succeed in collecting the 4,883 signatures required to trigger a vote in House District 32 which includes parts of Clatsop, Tillamook and Washington counties.

In a statement posted to the group's Facebook page, leaders blamed "unethical tactics" on Mitchell's part in quelling the recall, alleging she was dishonest about her voting record.

"Up here on the North Coast, we were shocked to learn how Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell voted against her constituents," said Darren Mead, chief petitioner. "She hasn't been elected more than a year, yet proved she will put Portland's agenda over our working-class families and small businesses. We are not "well-connected" people, and we responded in one of the only way we knew how."

The statement goes on to accuse Mitchell of violating campaign finance law and hiding her political donors from the public eye.

The actions by Mitchell and her supporters showed complete disrespect for working families standing up to protect their way of life," Mead said. "If she's proud of her voting record, why stoop so low and knowingly violate campaign laws in order to confuse and distract voters?"

Rep. Tiffany MitchelllMitchell unequivocally denies any wrongdoing and defends her voting record as being in the interest of the people she was elected to represent.

Mitchell lists as her legislative achievements the passage of the largest budget for K-12 schools in Oregon history, including an additional $7.8 million for North Coast schools; addressing the affordable housing crisis; and fighting to address the climate crisis that directly threatens the natural resources and agricultural economy of House District 32.

"I'm pleased to be able to continue working on the issues that matter here on the North Coast," she said. "Families in this district know that I'm fighting every day to listen to them, and to help protect their future. I appreciate that they know I'll always stand up for what's right."

In a statement Oregon House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner expressed her support.

"Voters know that recall elections should only be used when absolutely necessary, not just because one side is upset at the outcome of an election. The failure of this assault on our democracy shows that North Coast voters saw right through Timber Unity's dishonest tactics. Rep. Mitchell is a fierce advocate for the families in her district, and I can't wait to continue working with her to protect the future of the great state we all love."