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Failed candidate for governor leads effort to recall Burgum

June 23, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A frequent North Dakota political candidate is leading an effort to recall Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford.

Michael Coachman, who last year received just 10% of the vote in the GOP primary for governor, is alleging “contempt of the voters” and negligence by Burgum.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Wednesday announced he approved for circulation a petition for the recall effort.

Burgum’s spokesman, Mike Nowatzki, said the governor’s second=term victory last year “speaks for itself.”

To hold a recall election, supporters of the idea need to collect more than 89,000 signatures, which is 25% of those who voted in the last general election.

Coachman is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran who lives in Larimore. He was previously an unsuccessful candidate for secretary of state in 2018 and for lieutenant governor in 2012 and 2016.