Is Frank Morrison's Council Seat in Danger? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/29/02

Is Frank Morrison's Council Seat in Danger?

A man living in Councilman Frank Morrison's district filed a petition Monday to have him removed from office. This comes after an incident last week in which Morrison was criticized for proposing a law to a state organization without first consulting the council.

Lubbock Avalanche Journal Editorial Writer, Randy Sanders, accused Councilman Frank Morrison of being arrogant in Sunday's editorial. Sanders suggested Morrison step down from office, and it could be a matter of time when Morrison may have to do just that.

A man by the name of Eduardo Estrada apparently has had enough of his councilman, Frank Morrison. NewsChannel 11 was not able to reach Estrada for comment, but we did get a hold of the affidavit he filed Monday.

In a hand written letter, he said, "To request a recall petition directed at, and intended for, Frank Morrison, City Council District 4." Estrada wants Morrison out of office.

"I think it's unfortunate it has come down to this, but if the people of District 4 want to do something about it, they have a right to start this petition. But I think this is between Frank and District 4, this is not a city council issue," said Mayor Marc McDougal.

About seven months ago, Morrison moved into a house out of his district. This move raised questions if it was in violation of a city charter.

"The charter requires that city council members be a resident of the City of Lubbock, and also the district of which he was elected during the term of this office," said City Attorney Anita Burgess.

According to the Lubbock code, Estrada has 30 days to get signatures on the petition.

"If he can garner enough signatures of the time of the petition, he would then need to bring that forward so we can verify the signatures," said City Secretary Becky Garza.

The Lubbock code requires 30% of the 5,664 registered District 4 voters from the 2000 general election sign the petition, that's 1,700 names. Of those 1,700 names, 170 of them must certify they voted for Morrison in 2000.

Now that the process has been initiated, it will be up to Estrada to get enough verified signatures to move the process along. Once the city secretary's office verifies the signatures, then the council will call a special election, and the people in District 4 will have to vote for someone to replace Morrison.

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