Floyd Price recall, Lubbock, Texas (2013)

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An effort to recall Floyd Price from his position as a Lubbock City Councilman for District Two in Texas was launched in June 2013. Supporters of the recall circulated petitions in their third attempt to qualify the recall question for the ballot. However, the petitions were ruled invalid for the third time, and the recall did not go to a vote.[1][2][3]

Background

The recall effort was led by Gordon Harris. In an affidavit submitted by Harris to Lubbock City Secretary Becky Garza, he stated, Councilman Price "does nothing for our community...He has the attitude that people in our community are suppose (sic) to fear him...We need better representation in east Lubbock."[1]

Price said he was surprised when the recall effort was launched against him, stating "I have not talked with anyone who is disgruntled in my district. But it's a process people can go through and that's his prerogative (sic)." Price also indicated he had no intention of resigning if enough signatures were gathered.[1][4]

Price was first elected to the Lubbock City Council, serving District 2, in 2004. He was a retired city police officer and served as a part-time deputy for the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department.[5]

Path to the ballot

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Third recall attempt

On September 3, 2013 Harris submitted the paperwork to the Lubbock city secretary for his third attempt to recall Price. Harris had until October 3 to collect 509 signatures from voters, 10 percent of whom had to have voted for Price in the last election.[2] The petition was declared invalid because less than 10 percent of the people who signed voted for Price in the previous election.[3]

Second recall attempt

On August 15, the submission deadline, Harris turned in 648 signatures to the city secretary in his second attempted to recall Price. In order to trigger a recall, Harris needed 509 valid signatures from voters, at least 10 percent of whom were required to have voted for Price in the previous election. After verifying names, the city secretary said Harris' effort was short on both requirements; fewer than 400 signatures were declared valid, and of the 158 people that stated they voted for price, only 11 were confirmed to have actually voted in his last election.[1][6][7]

First recall attempt

On the first attempt to recall Price, Harris submitted 631 signatures on the collection deadline of July 15, 2013. However, the petitions were rejected by the city secretary because Harris failed to submit a required affidavit relating to number and authenticity of the signatures. Harris filed a new petition the following day to start the effort again.[1][8][9]

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