Tucson City Council recall, Arizona (2010)
Within weeks of the time the recall was announced, recall leader Lopez said he was inclined to abandon the effort. This change-of-heart came about after Lopez heard Walkup's "State of the City" talk which, to his ears, signaled a new effort on the part of Mayor Walkup to engage in business-friendly practices including consistent inspections from Development Services, reforming Tucson's land-use code, annexation of the Catalina Foothills and consolidation of local governments. In early February, Lopez was still considering his options about moving forward, noting that he had met with Walkup several times in recent days and that annexation and ward expansion were key parts of their discussions. The recall effort, had it gone forward, would have been the first recall in Tucson since 1976, when voters turned four council members out of office.
Reasons for recall
Recall supporters said that there was no single reason motivating them to want Walkup and others out of office. According to Lopez, Tucson's recovery "starts with replacing those nice people on the Tucson City Council with smarter, more focused, more effective policymakers." Lopez cited management controversies and city budget issues as some of the reasons behind the recall: "There is no single one thing people are upset about, and there is no single effort behind this. But the city didn't move in the right direction, and no one is accepting responsibility for that. There has just been no leadership," said Lopez.
Path to the ballot
Recall supporters would have had 120 days to collect the required signatures, between 14,000 and 18,000 signatures depending on the ward, to force a recall election.
- Associated Press, "Tucson mayor could face recall effort," January 3, 2010
- Arizona Daily Star, "Bid to recall Tucson's mayor, 2 on council has fizzled out," February, 2010
- Arizona Daily Star, "Council recall starts to fizzle," January 30, 2010
- Arizona Daily Star, "Mayor bets much on his call for annexation," February 7, 2010
- KOLD, "Recall underway for three Tucson city council members," January 6, 2010
- Arizona Daily Star, "Recall vs. city leaders may start Monday," January 3, 2010