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Rio Grande City Mayor and Commissioners recall, Texas (2014)

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An effort to recall the Mayor and three City Commissioners of Rio Grand City, Texas was launched in April 2013.[1] There was a dispute over how many signatures needed to be collected for the recall petition.[2] The recall did not go to a vote.

The recall effort sought to recall Mayor Ruben O. Villarreal and Commissioners Hernan R. Garza, III, Rey Ramirez, and Arcadio J. Salinas, III. A fourth City Commissioner, Dave Jones, was not subject of the recall petition.[1]

The recall effort was organized by Mauro E. Villarreal (who is not related to the Mayor) over concerns of city spending, finances, and government transparency. Mayor Villarreal told reporters in response to the recall effort, "We've invested a lot of money back into the community the way it should. I’m very proud of the government, the way it's been handled."[1]

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See also: Laws governing recall in Texas

There was a dispute over how many signatures were required to trigger a recall election. An article in The Monitor, stated:[2]

Salinas said the city charter stipulates that such a petition be signed “by the qualified voters equal in number to 10 percent of the electors qualified to vote at the last preceding regular municipal election.” Because more than 7,000 people registered to vote last time around, more than 700 signatures would be needed, she said.

But Mauro Villarreal — no relation to the mayor — said the charter is vague on the matter and he interprets it to mean that he needs signatures from 10 percent of the roughly 1,600 who actually voted in the last election. That would translate to roughly 160 signatures. [3]

Mauro Villarreal said he is in no rush to turn in the petition, as he feels he has enough signatures to qualify the recall for the ballot and there is still plenty of time before the May 2014 election.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Monitor, "Rio Grande City businessman pushes recall petition," July 8, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Monitor, "RGC city attorney: Recall petition rules clear," September 15, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.