Richard Berry recall, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2012)
Reasons for recall
Members of a number of Nob Hill neighborhood associations initiated the recall effort. The issue at hand was a gas station at the intersection of Carlisle Boulevard and Constitution Avenue NE. Recall supporters said that gasoline fumes choke residents and traffic creates backups. Recall supporter Pat Toledo said Berry "seems to be blind and silent to our pleas of help...This is directly impacting our safety, our air, and the bicycle paths that go there...Somebody is going to die here. Somebody is going to get injured and we have pleaded with the mayor to come out."
Path to the ballot
On June 19, James Nelson, Pat Toledo, and Andy Carrasco met with Albuquerque City Clerk Amy Bailey to formally initiate the recall process. Recall organizers needed to present their reasons for recall to a district court judge in order to prove that the mayor had either violated his oath of office or committed an act of misconduct. If the judge had accepted the grounds for recall, recall organizers would have had two months to gather 29,000 signatures. No recall election took place.