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GOLDEN, Colo. — More than 2,000 people showed up to a recall rally held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night.

JeffCo United for Action held a petition kickoff to gain enough signatures to recall the three members of the Jefferson County School Board. The group will need 15,000 signatures for each of the three board members they hope to recall in order to spur a recall election.

Rain, mud and cold couldn’t keep the masses away. With their voices ready and with pens on hand, supporters of the recall effort filed in to the JeffCo Fairgrounds Event Center.

“I think this just shows how much motivation there is behind this effort,” parent Michael Blanton said.

“Put quite simply, they do not represent the community,” recent Green Mountain High School graduate Tim Palese said.

“There’s a number of people who voted for these three board members and are having buyer’s remorse,” Blanton said.

The three are board president Ken Witt, vice president Julie Williams and secretary John Newkirk, all of whom are just two years into their terms.

“We have seen them, like I said, violating state laws and policies, we’ve seen them waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on things that the community has very clearly stated is not important to them,” parent Wendy McCord said.

“They’ve done their best to curtail public comment,” Blanton said.

There was no curtailing public thoughts Wednesday night. As the crowd rallied for unity and support, the message was clear.

“The only effort that the citizens can do to take back their school board is start this recall process,” McCord said.

“I think it means we have a lot of motivation to get this recall going. We’ve had a lot of fire for this,” Blanton said.

“It is totally doable,” McCord said.

The signatures must be turned in by Sept. 4 if the recall effort is to proceed.