Third Petition to Recall Linda DeLeon Fails - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/29/08

Third Petition to Recall Linda DeLeon Fails

The third attempt to recall Lubbock City Council member, Linda DeLeon, has failed.

Recall petition organizer Roger Settler turned in more than 700 signatures to City Hall, earlier this month. Settler needed to produce 494 valid signatures to force a recall election.

Friday afternoon, city secretary Becky Garza called a news conference, where she stated that only 208 were considered valid. Garza says it appears Settler focused on a new group of people for this third attempt.

"This was a different effort, because I think the concentration appeared to be students," Garza said. She elaborated, saying many signatures came from students living in dorms on the Texas Tech campus. Those residences are not located in district one.

Others were not registered in Lubbock County.

"I think people in my district know that I wake up every day to work hard on their behalf. They're finding out I am not defined by the Roger Settlers or Armando Gonzales' and even our County Commissioner Ysidro Gutierrez and others that may be involved with this effort," Councilwoman DeLeon said. 

DeLeon did not take any questions after her statement Friday afternoon. 

Garza estimates the city spent more than $1,300 to verify this latest recall petition.

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