- Associated Press - Thursday, December 5, 2019

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A group that was trying to recall an Oregon state representative over her votes to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and taxes says the effort has failed.

Timber Unity announced Wednesday that it fell short of collecting the 4,883 signatures required to force a recall election of Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell, D-Astoria. Timber did not say how many signatures it had collected since the effort began 90 days ago.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that news of the recall’s failure comes less than two months after two separate efforts to force a recall election of Gov. Kate Brown also failed to garner enough signatures. Both efforts revolved around the policy records of Mitchell and Brown.

In Brown’s case, petitioners needed to collect more than 280,000 valid signatures statewide, a high hurdle that had caused most observers to conclude those petitions were doomed to fail.

Mitchell, a freshman state representative, said she was “relieved” to learn the petition didn’t succeed.

“The folks behind the petition have their concerns about the votes that I took,” Mitchell said. “Very clearly I ran on those issues. That’s pretty well documented.”

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