Roesink recall petition fails


— A petition seeking to oust 14th Judicial District Attorney Bonnie Roesink from office failed, the Colorado Secretary of State's Office announced Monday afternoon.

"In a nutshell, there is an insufficient number of signatures," Secretary's Office spokesman Jonathan Tee said.

The recall committee was required to submit 3,802 signatures from registered voters in Moffat, Routt and Grand counties. Sixty-nine petitions were submitted by the Monday deadline, containing 2,945 signatures, or 857 short of the required number.

The shortfall in signatures ends the recall effort, which began in February.

Roesink, who has denied all allegations contained in the recall petition, said Monday afternoon she was relieved to hear the petition failed and is "glad I can get back to my job of helping people in this district."

She said she was prepared to resign had the recall committee gotten the required number of signatures and the petition was validated by the Secretary's Office.

"I was not going to put the district through a recall," Roesink said. She added, "I just didn't want to cost the taxpayers the money or the hard feelings that would occur (with a recall)."

Roesink, who's term expires in January 2009, said she will not run for re-election.

"I don't plan on it," she said. "I don't know why people would want to be an elected official anymore."

Nonetheless, Roesink said she isn't giving up on her current term and will continue to serve as district attorney with "as much vigor as possible."

Kathy Oberwitte began the recall petition after a disagreement arose with Roesink regarding the prosecution of Dustin Lund, a Morrison man who was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine when his vehicle collided with Oberwitte's brother, Michael Bailey, of Craig.

Bailey died from injuries sustained in the accident.

Lund has pleaded guilty to careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of a year in county jail and a $1,000 fine.

He will be sentenced April 30 in Routt County Court.

Oberwitte has said the recall petition was a way to respond to systematic errors, bad judgment, poor management and inconsistent prosecution by the district attorney. She said she responded to people asking her to move forward with a recall.

"They asked me to step into the batter's box, and I did and I gave 110 percent," Oberwitte said.

She disagreed with any notion the recall petition stemmed solely from her dispute with Roesink regarding the Lund prosecution.

"I'm really getting tired of hearing that," she said.

Oberwitte said she doesn't view the recall effort as a failure.

"It's not the win, it's not the loss," she said. "The point has been proven and enough people have spoken.

"From here on out, she's going to be under a magnifying glass, and she should be."

As early as Monday afternoon, shortly after she received word of the petition's failure from the Secretary's Office, Oberwitte said she considered beginning another recall effort.

However, a lot of time and work went into the recent recall and it's unlikely Oberwitte will initiate another petition, she said.


katobe 10 years ago

Let me correct a sentence. I wouldn't do this recall effort again as it is so much work and I am happy with the outcome. There are so many people that have been educated by the process, including myself. There is such corruption in our judicial system that I have found in my research in case files and talking with victims, law enforcement and attorneys.

Even though we are not having a recall election the awareness has been raised and 3,000 plus people will be watching and listening more closely. It has been stated that our felony rates are down and meth is down but that is only because of dismissal or plea bargain of charges. I've done the research and it was very evident. We have a serious problem which has been brought to the surface. With Bonnie chosing not to run again will allow more time for potential candidates to come forward and bring their professionalism and skills to our community which is severely needed. If anything we are a stronger community as citizens now realize that their voice can be heard. They have that right as a citizen and shouldn't be afraid of voicing their opinion or exercising their rights.

The Rocky Mountain News wrote an excellent article yesterday.,1299,DRMN_15_5472754,00.html

Thank you all for your support, especially the volunteers.


Wayne Eller 10 years ago

I am not sure of the exact quote but it goes something like this : When good people do nothing, the bad prevail. Enough good people for some reason did not sign the petition and guess what ---we lost again. We had our chance and blew it. At least she has said that she would not run again and that is some consolation.


kingsride 10 years ago

While I did not support the recall, I do admire Kathy's courage and conviction to pursue what she believed in. I do hope we have some qualified candidates seek the office of DA in the next election. Unfortunate she isnt in Routt County, the knowledge she gained would be beneficial in the recall of John D, et al.


katobe 10 years ago

Thank you for your comments. Who is John D? Most of Steamboat does not even know who their DA is. They are very dissatisfied with the assistant DA in Steamboat. That is an explosion waiting to happen.

If Bonnie holds true to her statement that she will not run in '08 this will allow for more time than a recall would have to bring in good viable qualified candidates.

As I said, I am happy with the outcome because it has raised the awareness level of all of the communities in regards to our judicial disaster. And yes, we do not have to sit back and be quiet.

I have heard so many horror stories first hand that it is very disappointing to me as a citizen. Unless, you go digging they are all covered up. They all should be questioned about their honesty, morals and ethics. The law reads, innocent until proven guilty...not we belive you are guilty so here is your sentencing.


Wayne Eller 10 years ago

In addition to what KATOBE said above, I will add: Innocent until proven guilty no longer stands in the 14th Judicial District that is OWNED by Rosink. If one is presumed innocent ,why can the D A 's actions cause one to loose their job, deplete their savings, face public humiliation and basically stand to loose everything that they have worked for while waiting for the chance to prove their innocence or plea to a crime that will devestate their life style forever EVEN IF THEY ARE INNOCENT. The D A is notorious for offering these pleas, even if the crime does not exist. See KATOBE's ref above in the ROCKY MTN NEWS as printed in the CRAIG DAILY. I urge EVERYONE to keep the D A under a microscope in the future and come to the aid of anyone that is being treated unfairly by her and her staff. Remember YOU could be her next victim and be guilty of nothing! Please do not take the position of ; IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME SO IT DOES NOT MATTER TO ME. IT COULD AFFECT YOU OR A LOVED ONE TOMORROW!!!


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