Demands for recall election over anti-Muslim tweet

Posted at 7:15 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 22:15:41-05

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. - Calls for an elected official to step down or face a recall.

More than a dozen people attended Wednesday’s Otay Water District board meeting calling for an apology and the resignation of board member Hector Gastelum, the 4th district director.

One of the tweets reads:

“Let’s pressure our legislators to prevent #subhuman #scum from #USA  to #MAGA”

"MAGA" stands for "make America great again."

Another tweet reads: 

“This is how the left learns #Muslim #Islam #Sharia aren’t compatible with any form of #civilsociety #equality.”

Team 10 looked into the recall election process and potential cost to taxpayers.

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According to the California Secretary of State website, the first step to recall a local officer “Proponents begin the recall of an elective officer, including any officer appointed in lieu of election or to fill a vacancy, by the service, filing and publication or posting of a notice of intention to circulate a recall petition.”

Then would come a long process of a petition, signatures, certification, and election along with other steps in between.

While it's tough to determine an exact cost or a recall election, Team 10 discovered a recent recall vote by mail election in San Diego County, with 128 registered voters, cost around $12,000.

Also, a 2016 special election in Carlsbad with about 63,000 registered voters cost around $651,000.

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters says there are around 22,300 registered voters in the Otay Water District 4.

Gastelum did apologize but defended his tweets. On Wednesday he told 10News he isn’t going to resign.