An effort to recall Mayor Lionel Rivera and Vice Mayor Larry Small
from the Colorado Springs City Council was abandoned
when recall organizers failed to collect sufficient signatures to move forward.
Local resident Patrick Ayers launched the unsuccessful effort on November 13, 2009.
According to the filed petitions, Ayers argued that the council members engaged in "fear-mongering" in order to promote a property tax increase. The tax increase was defeated in the November 3, 2009 election. Additionally, Ayers cited the city's efforts to "publicly humiliate Douglas Bruce" in his effort to pass Colorado Springs City Enterprise Measure, 2009.
Path to the ballot
Recall supporters, to succeed in their quest to force a recall election, would have had to collect a minimum of 14,337 valid signatures for each council member, for a grand total of 28,600 signatures.
- ↑ Colorado Springs Gazette, "Effort to recall Springs mayor, vice mayor fails," January 22, 2010
- ↑ The Gazette, "Filing gets City Hall recall under way," November 13, 2009
- ↑ The Gazette, "Activist launches Springs recall effort, calls mayor 'arrogant'," November 6, 2009
- ↑ The Gazette, "UPDATE: Effort to recall Rivera moves forward," November 12, 2009