Oregon recall effort suspended as House leader steps down

Chris Eger for reports:

A move to recall Democratic House Majority Leader Val Hoyle over issues to include passage of gun control legislation, halted this week as the lawmaker announced she was stepping down.

The recall petition against Hoyle was filed in April by gun shop owner Jason Thiesfeld of Junction City who testified against SB 941, a proposal that would expand background checks to include most private gun transfers. Thiesfeld alleged that the House leader catered to big campaign donors rather than the needs of constituents in backing the legislation, which was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in May.

Now, with Holye’s announcement that she was likely stepping down from her spot as the House’s top Dem and focusing “on getting out of the building,” the effort to force a recall vote for her seat is calling it quits.

“With the announcement today of Val Hoyle’s resignation as House Majority Leader, I have decided to suspend the recall effort regarding her House District 14 seat,” said Thiesfeld in a statement emailed to

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