Recall Petitioners Say They've Exceeded Goal - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/29/07

Recall Petitioners Say They've Exceeded Goal

Linda DeLeon Linda DeLeon

Organizers of the petition to recall Lubbock City Councilwoman Linda DeLeon say they've not received enough signatures, but they've surpassed their goal.

Organizers say they received several signatures on Tuesday, and that the final count came to 672 signatures.  That's 178 more signatures than required.

The group turned their petition in just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.  Now, City Secretary Becky Garza has to make sure at least 494 of those are valid signatures, meaning they come from voters in District 1. 

Ten percent of those folks also had to sign, saying they voted for DeLeon in 2006. So, that's 49 people, and organizers tell us more than 170 people signed saying they voted for DeLeon in 2006.

"We're very relieved and very grateful to all the folks that signed the petition," petition co-organizer Armando Gonzales said. 

"There's a lot of hope that maybe they can get somebody in there that really cares about the neighborhood," petition co-organizer Naida Gonzales said. 

The secretary's office tells us the results should be in by next Tuesday. If the petition is verified, DeLeon can either resign immediately, or wait until the November election to see what voters have to say.

Petition organizers tell us if the city finds that their petition does not have enough signatures, then they'll start all over again.

On NewsChannel 11 at 10, hear why organizers say the recall is not just about DeLeon's vote to turn the South Beach Club into a visitor's center.

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