For the second time, Gordon Harris submitted his petition to have District 2 Councilman Floyd Price recalled, and for the second time it was declared invalid.
The petition Harris submitted on Aug. 15 contained 648 signatures. 509 valid signatures were required, but Lubbock City Secretary Becky Harris said ultimately, less than 400 signatures were valid.
A press release issued Tuesday afternoon by the City of Lubbock said the petition was declared invalid because "the required 10% was not met and the required 509 valid signatures were not met. In addition, the required affidavits did not meet the Charter requirements."
The 10% requirement comes from the City Charter, and states that 10% of those signing the petition must certify that they voted for the officer at the election in which the officer was elected. 65 valid signatures were needed to meet the 10% requirement. 158 people certified they voted for Councilman Price when he was elected. Of the 158, only 11 voted in the election in which he was elected. Among other problems with meeting the 10% requirement, the City Secretary's Office found that:
• 34 – Were not registered to vote
• 18 – Live outside of District 2
• 18 – Are currently registered to vote, but were not registered at the time of the election in which Councilman Price was elected
• 2 – Live outside Lubbock city limits
• 3 – Were not old enough to vote at the time of the election in which Councilman Price was elected
Price insists that he holds no grudge against Harris, despite his repeated attempts to recall the Councilman.
"I don't have a problem with Mr. Harris," Price said. "Mr. Harris is my constituent and I represent him. Even though he may not like it, I represent him because he lives in my district."
Price says he is the District 2 representative and until the people make the decision for him to leave, he stays.
"The people of Lubbock [are] the ones to say ‘Mr. Price, you need to go. Not Mr. Harris. Harris doesn't have that right to say when I can stay and when I can go. That's the right of the people that elected me," Price said.
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