Victor Hernandez recall, Lubbock, Texas (2013)
An effort to recall Victor Hernandez from his position on the city council of Lubbock, Texas was launched in April 2013. Hernandez represented District 1. A recall election was held November 5, 2013. He retained his seat on the council.
The following are the unofficial results of the recall attempt:
911 or 58.47% of constituents voted for retainment.
647 or 41.53% of constituents voted for recall.
ballot measure article has preliminary election results. Certified election results will be added as soon as they are made available by the state or county election office.
The recall effort against Victor Hernandez was as follows:
On April 26, former Lubbock County Commissioner Ysidro Gutierrez filed a recall affidavit. Gutierrez said he was disappointed by Hernandez’s handling of complaints involving City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld. He later said that Hernandez had "been dividing this council, and staff of this organization for 16 years."
Recall supporters launched a political action committee called the Campaign to Vacate Victor for the petition effort. Recall supporters had to collect a minimum of 448 signatures by May 28 in order to force the recall election. The recall election was estimated to cost approximately $50,000.
In a press release following the city secretary's validation of the recall petition, Hernandez stated that he would not resign, and suggested that petitioners had used misinformation when asking for signatures. "Throughout the process of Mr. Gutierrez, et al, gathering signatures, I received numerous phone calls from some of the voters being approached. The callers stated that they were told by those collecting their signature that the petition being circulated was in fact, to support me as their Councilmember. Other callers reported that the petition being circulated was an effort to reduce the LP&L electric rate. As a result of this misinformation, some members of the community signed the recall petition." Hernandez also thanked his supporters and said, "To me, the silver lining to this event is that the people of District 1 have become adamant about having a say, about being part of the process, about wanting to vote."
Path to the ballot
On May 24, recall supporters submitted 586 signatures. The city verified that the campaign collected a sufficient number of signatures.
Recall election scheduled
On June 13, Lubbock’s City Council set the recall election of Hernandez to coincide with the county ballot during the November 5 general election, with early voting possible in October. Had the recall been approved, it would have triggered another election within 120 days. A regular election for the position is scheduled for May, 2014.