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Cortney Niland recall, El Paso, Texas (2012)

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An effort to recall Cortney Nyland from her position on the city council of El Paso Texas, was launched in September 2012.[1] The recall effort fell short in November 2012.[2] Niland, who was first elected in 2011, is the South-West representative on the council.

Reasons for recall

Former El Paso mayor Ray Salazar filed the recall paperwork. The recall petition did not state a specific reason for recall. At the time the recall paperwork was filed, the city council had recently voted to demolish City Hall and the Insights El Paso Science Museum in order to build a $50 million Triple-A baseball stadium. In response to the recall effort against her, Niland said, "I'm not surprised. Progress is usually met with resistance. It's unfortunate the vocal opposition is trying to hijack the election with these tactics. I'm hopeful most El Pasoans understand what is truly at stake here is the direction of our city. I was elected to do a job and I am doing that job to the very best of my ability and I will continue to do that job each and every day ever mindful of the best interest of those I represent."[1]

Path to the ballot

Salazar filed the notice of intent to recall on September 11. Recall organizers had 60 days, giving them a deadline of November 9, to collect the signatures of 385 registered voters.[3] Recall supporters submitted 500 signatures, but the signatures were rejected because they did not comply with a requirement in the City Charter that on each page someone must make an oath "that each signature is that of the person whose name it purports to be."[2]

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