Wilda Diaz recall, Perth Amboy, New Jersey (2010)
Diaz was elected to the post of Mayor of Perth Amboy in May 2008.
City employee Miguel Morales led the recall effort. Morales said, "My concern is the mayor is not doing anything for the town. Wilda Diaz has relinquished all her power to the business administrator. She's given all her appointing authority up to the business administrator. The business administrator is running the town."
Diaz, who was served with the official recall notice on March 19, said that when she took over as mayor of the city, she was immediately confronted with a mess left by the previous administration.
She said, "When I took office July 1, 2008 I inherited from the Vas administration: a $10.6 million budget shortfall; a water system more than $6 million in debt to a private company; a public safety complex tens of millions of dollars over cost and years behind schedule; noncompetitive contracts to political donors; criminal activity by city employees, and the worst economy since the Great Depression."
Path to the ballot
The original paperwork submitted to register the recall was deemed insufficient, causing recall organizers to have to re-submit it.
- My Central Jersey, "Recall campaign targets Perth Amboy's mayor," March 11, 2010
- My Central Jersey, "Effort to recall Perth Amboy mayor unsuccessful," September 7, 2010
- New Jersey Today, "Ex-backer Tries to Cut Term Diaz Would Extend," March 14, 2010
- Courier News, "Perth Amboy mayor offers rebuttal to recall organizers' claims," March 29, 2010
- Courier News, "Perth Amboy recall committee gets go-ahead to collect signatures," March 31, 2010
- Courier News, "Leader of Perth Amboy mayor recall effort submits corrected paperwork," March 16, 2010