Manny Ortiz recall, Bernalillo County, New Mexico (2014)

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An effort to recall Manny Ortiz from his position as treasurer of Bernalillo County, New Mexico was launched in February 2014. Ortiz has been accused of “Malfeasance in Mismanaging Bernalillo County’s Investment Portfolio," and a state district judge ruled that George Richmond, who is spearheading the recall campaign, can begin to circulate petitions.[1]

Recall supporters

George Richmond is leading the recall campaign. He is establishing an organization for donations called “The Committee for Good Government in Bernalillo County," as well as setting up the website,[1]

Ortiz's response

Ortiz has defended his investment decisions on behalf of the county, claiming they have earned the county millions of dollars.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in New Mexico

Though there is no deadline for the signature submission, Richmond hopes to land the recall election on the November 4, 2014, ballot. In order to do this, he was required to submit enough valid signatures before September 9, 2014, the date by which the city clerk has to have them certified. Richmond was required to collect a total of 82,400 valid signatures in order to trigger a recall election.[1]

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