The deadline is approaching for a petition to remove Lubbock City Councilman Victor Hernandez from office. The group behind the recall petition says they've already gotten half the signatures they need, and they'll have no trouble getting the rest by the May 28th cut-off date.
Ysidro Gutierrez spearheaded the recall process back in April, saying Hernandez should be removed because of his actions regarding complaints made against him by other city employees. During special city council meetings, Hernandez voted to throw out one of the complaints made against him and to handle the other, made by city manager Lee Ann Dumbauld, internally.
Gutierrez says this was unethical and morally wrong for Hernandez to do. He started his recall petition the very next day.
Since then, Gutierrez says they've had four groups working to get the required signatures to remove Hernandez as the district one councilman. A total of 448 signatures from registered voters in that district are required. Of those signatures, 10% need to have voted for Hernandez in the last municipal election back in 2010.
"As of today we have received the required number of yes votes. Now we don't have to target voters, and we can begin walking door to door," Gutierrez said on Monday.
Which is exactly what Gutierrez and his group began doing. Street by street, the men and woman went door to door asking for votes to remove Hernandez.
"Today we were able to get one sheet completed just on one street," he said. "I believe we will be able to get the required number of signatures. I'm confident because the door to door campaign is working out very well."
Gutierrez estimates they've already gotten about 200 signatures including the required 10% that voted for Hernandez.
"It should be no problem, and I don't think we're going to need 30 days," he said.
Gutierrez has until May 28th at 5 p.m. to turn in the required number of signatures.
Hernandez was unavailable for an on-camera interview on Monday, but did tell KCBD over the phone that he would like to encourage his district to be polite to Gutierrez and his group while they go door to door, but that he hopes his constituents respectfully decline to sign the petition.
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