Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Recall Luna Committee to Begin Door-to-Door Canvass Saturday

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Pete Peterson displays his Recall Luna t-shirt.
  • Josh Gross
  • Pete Peterson displays his "Recall Luna" T-shirt.
The Recall Luna Committee—not Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform, the group behind the referendum to overturn the Luna education reforms—will begin a statewide door-to-door canvass for signatures to recall Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna on Saturday, May 14.

Nancy Berto, the committee's founder, says the all-volunteer campaign will begin in District 18, and seek out local volunteers through the organization's website,, to help with the statewide effort.

To publicize their signature push, the committee has proclaimed Friday, May 13, "Black Friday," and is asking opponents of Tom Luna to wear black. Volunteers will then meet at the Baggley Park soccer fields at 5:30 p.m. to begin their canvass of District 18. Afterwards, they will have pie.

Black Friday is being spearheaded by local comedian and former gubernatorial candidate Pete Peterson. Voters may remember Peterson for his "Beat Butch" campaign underwear. This time, he stuck to T-shirts.

The committee says it has already gathered 20,000 of the required 158,107 valid signatures and feels confident they will reach their goal to force a recall election later this year. To remove Luna would take at least 268,852 ballots, one more than voted for him over Democrat Stan Olson in 2010.

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