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. However, the recall did not go to a vote, as recall proponents failed to collect enough signatures.[1]

Ortiz was accused of “Malfeasance in Mismanaging Bernalillo County’s Investment Portfolio." George Richmond spearheaded the recall campaign.[2]

Recall supporters

George Richmond led the recall campaign. He established an organization for donations called “The Committee for Good Government in Bernalillo County," as well as set up the website,[2]

Ortiz's response

Ortiz defended his investment decisions on behalf of the county, claiming they have earned the county millions of dollars.[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in New Mexico

Though there was no deadline for the signature submission, Richmond hoped 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 had to have them certified. Richmond was required to collect a total of 82,400 valid signatures in order to trigger a recall election.[2] He collected less than 5,000 signatures.[1]

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