KINGMAN — A Kingman woman failed to collect the required number of signatures by closing Friday to force a recall election of Mohave County District 4 supervisor Jean Bishop.
Jennifer Jones-Esposito filed an application in February with the elections office to recall Bishop. District 4 includes the western half of Kingman, Golden Valley, Oatman, Chloride, Dolan Springs, White Hills and Meadview.
Jones-Esposito had until 5 p.m. Friday to collect the required 2,897 signatures, which represents a percentage of the registered voters in District 4. There are 23,932 active registered voters in District 4.
Bishop declined to comment on the failed recall effort.
When she filed the recall application, Jones-Esposito said she believed Bishop had abandoned the county’s taxpayers.
“As the constitutional conservative candidate currently running for the Arizona House of Representatives, I realize that this is a bold move, however, I feel a moral obligation to act at this time on behalf of all the taxpayers in Mohave County,” Jones-Esposito said in February. “As a small government fiscal conservative, I find Supervisor Bishop’s socialist voting record to be abhorrent. I have watched her crusade to raise taxes, raise rates, and grow government at nearly every opportunity. Instead of reaching out to constituents who do not agree with her, Supervisor Bishop belittles them and treats them with contempt, even retaliating against those who dissent.”
At the time, Bishop labeled Jones-Esposito’s words as “vague and preposterous allegations.”
“I am of course, disappointed by these vague and preposterous allegations, but I do support the Arizona Constitution and citizen rights, including the recall process,” Bishop said. “I believe in this case, it’s just unfortunate and unwarranted.”
If the required signatures had been collected, they would have been verified by voter registration and the elections office. If the signatures were verified, Bishop, a Republican, would have had five days either to resign or face a Nov. 6 election. All five county supervisors are up for re-election in 2020.
Jones-Esposito, a Republican who owns land in Golden Valley, is running for a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives. The primary election for that race will be held Aug. 28 with the general election to be held Nov. 6.