San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria speaks to City Council President Jen Campbell, a medical doctor, during a COVID-19 vaccination event. Photo by Chris Stone

An effort to force a recall election in District 2 to unseat City Council President Jennifer Campbell has failed, the group behind the effort announced Tuesday.

“Although we came close, gathering over 10,000 signatures, unfortunately this was not enough to force the recall of Jennifer Campbell,” said the Committee Supporting the Recall of Jennifer Campbell.

Valid signatures from 14,421 registered voters in the district that stretches from Pt. Loma to Pacific Beach were needed for the recall to make the ballot this year.

The group blamed its failure on “the pandemic combined with competing signature-gathering efforts for other political races and Jennifer Campbell’s low name recognition.”

Backers of the recall effort targeted Campbell because of her compromise ordinance on short-term rentals and support for removing height restrictions to encourage redevelopment of the run-down Midway District.

Campbell criticized a possible recall election as a waste of taxpayer money because she faces a regular election little more than a year from now in November 2022.

“This recall was unwarranted and unnecessary, reckless and ridiculous, desperate and divisive — and San Diegans were too smart to fall for it,” said Dan Rottenstreich, Campbell’s campaign consultant.

The recall group said Tuesday it is planning to refocus its efforts on opposing Campbell’s reelection in 2022.

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.