Cibolo City Council recall, Texas (2013)

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A vote about whether or not to recall four members of the Cibolo City Council in Cibolo, Texas was on the November 5, 2013 ballot. The council members who faced recall were Larry Carlton, Karen Hale, Steve Liparoto, and Ron Pedde.[1] According to preliminary election results, Hale and Liparoto were recalled, while Pedde and Carlton were retained.[2]

Election results

The following are the unofficial results of the recall election held on November 5, 2013:

  • Steve Liparoto: recalled Approveda
  • Karen Hale: recalled Approveda
  • Ron Pedde: retained Defeatedd
  • Larry Carlton: retained Defeatedd

Liparoto was successfully recalled by a slim margin of two votes: 137 to 135. Hale was recalled by a vote of 115 to 84. Pedde and Carlton held on to their positions with votes of 76 to 75 and 192 to 168, respectively.[2]

Background

The effort to recall the four city councilmembers was initiated by Andre Larkins, who was part of a group of residents opposed to the building of a 182,000 square-foot Walmart store on a 22 acre plot in the city and were looking for various legal options to stop it. The city council approved various preliminary plans for the building of the store.[3][4][5][6]

Recall supporters only targeted Carlton, Hale, Liparoto, and Pedde because their terms were due to expire in November 2014; the other three members of the council, Gabriel Castro, Melvin Hicks, and Miguel Troncoso were set for regular election in November 2013. The mayoral seat was also on the ballot, but Mayor Jennifer Hartman did not run for re-election because she reached her term limit.[7][8]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Texas

The city council voted on August 22, 2013 to hold the recall elections on the same day as the 2013 general election, November 5.[1]

Signatures were submitted to the City Secretary on July 19. According to rules in the city charter, each petition required a signature count equal to 30 percent of those who voted in the last city election, or 150, whichever number was greater. City Secretary Peggy Cimics informed the city council on July 30, 2013 that all four recall petitions had the required number of signatures to trigger a recall election.[3][7]

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