New Candidate Joins School Board Recall

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Dave Lyons has replaced Kim Pound as the recall candidate who will run against Payson school board member Mike Horton in a possible Nov. 7 recall election.

First, Lyons must gather 1,078 registered voter signatures before the Aug. 8 deadline to be placed on the ballot. The signatures Pound collected, from the time he indicated he would run against Horton until he dropped out of the race July 27, cannot be transferred to Lyons, said Gila County School Superintendent Linda O'Dell's administrative assistant Julie Vasquez.

Lyons took out the recall papers and began circulating petitions on Friday, one day after Pound withdrew from the recall race. In stepping away from the recall, Pound said he had a meeting with Horton and "was very satisfied with the job he is doing (as a school board member)."

Pound also promised to support Horton in the future.

Until Pound stepped down, he was one of the recall leaders along with Angela Lyons, Dave's wife. Angela Lyons is continuing to collect signatures to go on the ballot against current board member Charles Brown.

Almost all those associated with the recall, including Horton and Angela Lyons, agree the roots of the movement lie in the board's decision last May to not renew the contract of former Julia Randall Elementary School principal Peggy Miles.

Angela Lyons claims Miles was an efficient, dedicated principal who had the best interests of the students and school at heart. She also claims Horton and Brown have been apathetic and "do not always make the best decisions on behalf of students, teachers and parents."

Horton has defended the board's decisions, including not renewing Miles' contract.

If Angela and Dave Lyons gather the signatures needed for the recall, Horton and Brown would have the option of relinquishing their board seats or running in the election.

Horton said he would not resign.

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