District 4 resident, Edward Estrada, started a little after 9:00 Thursday morning, setting up shop at the Godeke Library just off Quaker Avenue. When NewsChannel 11 last left Estrada, at around 1:00 p.m., he had around 10 signatures. We are told by people with experience, rounding up names is not going to be an easy task.
"My name is Edward Estrada. I'm circulating a petition to recall City Councilman Frank Morrison, who moved out of our district eight months ago," said Estrada to another District 4 resident.
Estrada said he has no choice but to move onward with Councilman Morrison's recall petition. "I intend to get all 1,700 names and then some. I'll work until midnight of November 27th if I have to. It's early, but I believe the people will come, given this opportunity to come out. They'll show up," Estrada said.
"If he doesn't live in the district, how does he know what the problems are in the district?" said District 4 resident Terry Beasley.
"He really needs to live in our area to understand our problems," said another District 4 resident, Sam Johnson.
It's going to take a lot of time, hard work, a dedication to get 1,700 signatures in 27 days. Floyd Price knows. In the late 90's, Price petitioned for a justice of the peace campaign in Lubbock County. He had a crew working around the clock, and in three days, managed to get the 300 required signatures. "He's going to need to petition every day. Somebody's going to have to do it every day to meet the deadline. 1,700 names are a whole lot of names," said Price.
Recently, Libertarian Chairman Dr. John Turnbow and nearly 30 other people petitioned to overturn Lubbock's smoking ban. He says Estrada is faced with a high hurdle. "We worked hard every day and got over 5,000 signatures, but you run into the problem where signatures end up not being validated and the city secretary strikes them off," said Turnbow.
Estrada started his mission alone, but realizes if this is going to work, he will need volunteers to help him. And one of the women who helped bring Lubbock's smoking ban, Rose Chase, has stepped up and asked to help Estrada. She too lives in District 4.
Estrada has started a volunteer list, too. If you would like to help Estrada, you can call him at (806) 748-5569. Estrada will be at the Godeke Library from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd.