Second Recall Petition In City's Hands - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/13/07

Second Recall Petition In City's Hands

A second petition to recall Lubbock City Councilwoman Linda DeLeon is now in the hands of the city secretary.  Organizers turned that petition in just minutes for the 5:00 p.m. deadline. 

In the meantime, Councilwoman DeLeon is already asking for the voter's support.

NewsChannel 11 spoke with City Secretary Becky Garza Monday afternoon.  She tells us that her office will be in charge of verifying the signatures on this second petition, and that they will follow the same state guidelines as before.

Before the petition was even turned in, DeLeon spoke with the media just off Yucca Lane in north Lubbock.  That's where the new O'Reilly Auto Parts distribution plant will be located.  That's just one of several projects she spoke about, along with their impact, on District 1.

DeLeon called this second petition a distraction from that work.

"I'm disappointed about the recall effort because it's a distraction for the important work that needs to be done. I think I've done a good job up to this point, and I'm asking the citizens to allow me to stay and give me an opportunity," DeLeon said. 

Petition organizers spent this past weekend going door to door collecting signatures. Co-organizer Armando Gonzales says they are being very meticulous with the signatures on this second petition.

"People are still adamant about signing and have a change in district 1, so I really am grateful to the people that have signed the petition," Gonzales said. 

Again, the second petition is now in the hands of the city secretary.  The office will have to verify 494 signatures to force a recall election in November.

Like last time, 10% of people who signed must also have voted for DeLeon in the last election. Garza tells us that's 10% of the total signatures, so if they have more than 494 people on the petition, more than 49 will have to sign saying they voted for DeLeon in the past.

Garza says she doesn't predict that will be a problem because petition organizers met that criteria before, but didn't have enough valid signatures overall.

Coming up Monday night on NewsChannel 11 at 10:00 p.m., DeLeon responds to the fact that two former Lubbock City Council Members signed this latest petition. We'll also hear from the petition organizers just moments after they turned in their second petition.

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