Corpus Christi City Council and Mayor recall, Texas (2013)

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An effort to recall the mayor and city council of Corpus Christi, Texas was launched in June 2013. Supporters of the recall circulated petitions in order to qualify the recall question for the ballot.[1][2] The recall did not go to a vote.


The recall effort was led by Ruben Mirales. Mirales sought to recall Mayor Nelda Martinez, At-Large council members David Loeb, Lillian Riojas and Mark Scott, as well as District 1 member Kelley Allen and District 4 member Colleen McIntyre. Mirales targeted the mayor and at-large members because he felt they "represent the system. They represent special interest. They don't represent the overburden tax payers in my opinion." He later decided to target Allen and McIntyre because of their voting records.[1][2]

Mirales did not target District 2 member Chad Magill, District 3 member Priscilla Leal and District 5 member Rudy Garza, Jr. Mirales indicated he thought about attempting recalls on Garza and Magill, but felt they had been "flying right." He also indicated he was not targeting Leal because he felt she had "stood up for the citizens of Corpus Christi enough times."[1][2]

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Recall supporters needed to collect approximately 15,000 signatures from registered voters in the city to recall the mayor and at-large members, and approximately 3,500 signatures to recall the two district members.[1][2]

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