SANDPOINT — Cold, rainy weather didn’t stop Sandpoint residents from combating education reforms on Friday.
Ron and Linda Hunt and Edna Iverson parked themselves beside the Dairy Depot from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. collecting signatures for both a referendum against the education reform legislation and a recall against State Superintendent Tom Luna.
Group members said they were pleased with the day’s efforts.
“It’s been going great,” Ron Hunt said. “We’ve had a lot of people stop in, sign and then say, ‘I’m going to go call my friends.’”
The road ahead is an uphill effort. To recall Luna, petitioners need to collect 158,106 signatures statewide. Securing a vote over the education reform legislation on the 2012 Idaho ballot will require a more modest 47,432 signatures.
However, Hunt said that statewide, there is more than enough momentum to make the referendum a success.
“We just heard yesterday from Moscow. There were lines of people waiting to sign,” he said. “Down in Boise, people are flooding them.”
According to Hunt, referendum organizers have calculated that they will need around 1,700 signatures from Bonner County. The Hunts and Iverson stepped up to the plate on Friday along with 20 others who embarked on a door-to-door campaign.
The trio plans to get right back to business next week. For the Hunts, who are former teachers themselves, the matter is personal.
“I saw those bills go through and I told my wife, ‘It’s time to get involved again,’” Hunt said.