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Alvord school trustee Joseph Barragan, accused of offensive comments, will face recall election

By in Press Enterprise on January 31, 2018

By Ryan Hagen

Voters will soon decide whether to oust Alvord school board member Joseph Barragan, who’s accused of insulting undocumented immigrants, blacks and Muslims in social media posts he has denied making.

If a majority says “yes,” then Barragan would be removed from the board, to which he was elected in December 2016. Barragan did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The group aiming to recall Barragan submitted 1,912 valid signatures, more than the 1,712 that were needed, to force an election, the Riverside County elections office confirmed this week.

“We’ve sent the information to the school district and their next step is to call for an election within 14 days,” Registrar of Voters Rebecca Spencer said.

State law dictates that if the school district doesn’t call for an election within two weeks of receiving the certification, the registrar will, within five days, set a date.

Either way, the legally allowed range of 88 to 125 days would include the June 5 primary election.

Alvord Unified School District spokeswoman Cynthia Shipley said Wednesday, Jan. 31, that the district hadn’t received the confirmation but would contact the registrar.

The registrar’s finding was expected, because 2,125 signatures calling for the election were submitted in December, said Gabriela Plascencia, a recall organizer.

“It would have been really shocking if they had said something else, but it’s very exciting to receive the official notice that we made it,” Plascencia said. “Now we’re just actively looking for the contacts we’ve had in the past of people who said they’re interested in the seat.”

State law requires candidates to file nomination papers to replace Barragan at least 75 days before the election, but not before the order for the election is issued. If there is a candidate, voters will choose a successor at the same time they vote on whether to remove Barragan.

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