Summary: Historical Recall Election

The recall of Senate President Russell Pearce began as a loose coalition of individuals who were deeply affected by the appointment of Russell Pearce as the new President of the Senate. Based on Senator Pearce’s previous behavior and legislative record, it became apparent that Senator Pearce was unwilling to focus on the most pressing issues confronting Arizona.

August, 2011 – November 8, 2011: Special election is held.  Jerry Lewis emerges to challenge Russell Pearce.  Jerry Lewis soundly defeats Russell Pearce and Russell Pearce is removed from office.

May 31, 2011-July, 2011. The Secretary of State officially validated over 10,000 signatures. Historic Special Recall Election has been set by Governor Brewer for November 8, 2011.  Never before has a Senate President been recalled at anytime in the history of the United States.  This is a huge victory for all of the volunteers and contributors who helped make this happen.

February 5, 2011- May 31, 2011 Citizens for a Better Arizona work to collect 7,756 signatures in District 18, Mesa Arizona. Volunteers knock door-to-door Monday through Saturday building support for the recall.

January 31, 2011 Members of Citizens for a Better Arizona convene in Phoenix, Tucson, Nogales and
Yuma to submit petition to recall Senate President Russell Pearce. Also, Citizens for
a Better Arizona launched their full-time signature gathering operation.

January 22, 2011 Citizens for a Better Arizona gather in Mesa, Arizona for a Town Hall Meeting. After repeated phone calls to confirm Senate President Russell Pearce’s attendance, he did not show up at the meeting.

January 15, 2011 Members of Citizens for a Better Arizona walked the streets of District 18 knocking on doors and speaking with citizens about Senate President Russell Pearce’s track record. 2 out of 3 people did not know Russell Pearce was their representative.

January 10, 2011 Citizens gathered at the Capitol to serve Senate President Russell Pearce a 21-day
notice and invite him to attend a Town Hall meeting in Mesa, Arizona. Senate President Russell Pearce avoided Citizens for a Better Arizona by taking the tunnel.