Councilwoman DeLeon Responds To Recall Petition - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/29/07

Councilwoman DeLeon Responds To Recall Petition

It's now a waiting game for people on both sides of the effort to recall Lubbock City Councilwoman Linda DeLeon. Organizers delivered their petition to Lubbock City Hall about one hour before it was due Tuesday afternoon. Now, the city secretary must check hundreds of signatures to certify that 494 are eligible. NewsChannel 11's Ben Lawson spoke with Councilwoman DeLeon.

DeLeon says this is distracting her from a number of projects on her plate, including the North University Mercado and she plans to see all those developments completed, no matter what.

"Give me a few years and I can prove to you with your own two eyes the difference that I can make in your lives today and in the future," DeLeon says.

It's a request these folks just aren't willing to grant.

Naida Gonzales, one the petition recall organizers, says "I feel that the neighborhood believes that maybe some new blood in there will be good for the neighborhood, good for the community."

As for the Gonzales family, they arrived at City Hall Tuesday afternoon with 672 signatures of people who they say feel the same. Chris Gonzales, the owner of South Beach Nightclub, told NewsChannel 11,"The signatures are valid. They are from District One and the people have spoken."

Councilwoman Linda DeLeon says 672 seems low, "because we have 10,000 registered voters in District One."

DeLeon says she's receiving a lot of support from her district, "people that didn't vote are calling and saying Linda, don't resign, we'll come and vote in November."

DeLeon says she won't step down either, because she still has a lot of work to do, "like Northwest Little League, the renovations to the Optimist Club, and the North University Mercado Project."

While one project seemed to start this recall Chris Gonzales says, "South Beach is one of the issues, but there are many other issues."

Organizers also say voters feel code enforcement in district one is unfair. Naida Gonzales adds, "people feel like they've been targeted and they're frustrated."

Armando Gonzales is another petition organizer, and he tells us the, "lack of economic growth, economic development is very crucial."

DeLeon says government can move slow and projects take time but, "this is going to be a money maker."

In regards to the recall she says, "I'm hoping that they don't have the signatures, but if they do I'm not stepping down. I got work to do ahead of me, and we'll have an election in November."

The petition results should be released by next Tuesday. If verified, DeLeon can either resign, or she can wait for the November election. Petition organizers say if it's not certified, they'll try again.  

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