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Fiore recall organizer who refused to turn over petition signers’ names faces trial 

By: - September 10, 2021 7:38 am

Molly Taylor, the Las Vegas woman who led ‘Expel Michele,’ an unsuccessful 2020 campaign to recall Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, received a summons earlier this year and faces trial Monday on a criminal misdemeanor charge for failing to turn over the recall petitions to the state. 

Taylor says Fiore threatened petition signers during an interview on a conservative talk show.  

“If we had enough signatures to be successful in the recall, I would have turned them in,” she said via email.  “But we didn’t, and I was not willing to expose those people to a woman who is clearly vicious. Her constituents that signed do not deserve the wrath that she spoke of, and I will not hand them over.”

The effort to collect the required 1,911 from qualified voters was hampered by the pandemic, Taylor said at the time.  

Taylor is scheduled for a bench trial Monday before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Harmony Letizia. 

The Secretary of State’s office conducted the investigation and the case is being prosecuted by Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.

 

Fiore did not respond to a request for comment.

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.

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