LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — 'Expel Michele,' the effort to remove controversial Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, announced on Wednesday that they have not received enough signatures by the deadline to trigger a recall election.
According to Molly Taylor, the founder of Expel Michele, the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to collect all the required signatures. The group needed 1,911 signatures from voters by the end of the day on Wednesday.
"Sounded like no sweat in the beginning; we knew we were in a pandemic but hadn't any idea that its impact would affect absolutely everything and everyone," said Taylor in an email. "I can say we did the best we could given all the circumstances. I won't discuss all the obstacles we had, just know there were many. "
The effort began in Fiore's district turned into the after she made several controversial remarks, including reportedly "racially-charged" comments at the Clark County GOP convention.
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One of the main issues, Taylor claimed, was the difficulty in finding people willing to collect signatures.
"At the end of the day, we just didn't have the manpower necessary to get all the signatures we needed. We raised the money but could find no one to walk for signatures," said Taylor.
Taylor said that she will continue her efforts to work against Fiore, though from this point forward she'll be working on her own.
"I am looking forward to voicing an opinion that can be more firm," said Taylor. "I have several items to bring before the City Council and will work diligently during her campaign for re-election and her rumored attempt to run for Las Vegas Mayor."
News 3 has reached out to Fiore's office for comment.