Glenn Heights recall petitions submitted
By 11/06/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
GLENN HEIGHTS - A total of 160 petition signatures have been submitted for a recall election for Mayor Jesus Humphrey's seat, as well as two city council member seats.
David Anderson, a former Glenn Heights City Council candidate, jump-started the petition drive; a total of 150 signatures, according to the city charter, are needed to submit to the city secretary.
'I'll have the rest [for the council seats] in the next two to three weeks,' Anderson told the city council at the Glenn Heights City Council meeting, Monday, Nov. 10.
Humphrey was a target of a recall in 2001, in which he survived, and the second total in city history, according to an article in the Dallas Observer.
Anderson and residents said the current city council has failed to represent the people, and in turn, has caused taxpayers to suffer with higher taxes and pay for millions in lawsuits to fight developer's wanting to come in the city.
The recall, according to Councilman Mark Dunn, is 'absolutely justified.'
'You can go to other cities and see professional meetings, see how they're conducted, but here, it's very unprofessional,' said Dunn, who signed the petition. 'Nothing professional [about them]. I'm ashamed to be on [the council].'
Dunn compared the Glenn Heights City Council to 'clowns at a circus.'
Mayor Pro-Tem Pamela Anderson, no relation to David, and Councilman Victor Pereira are also targets of the recall.
After signatures are verified, the city secretary will then submit the recall election proposition to the city council, and after a council vote, a date and time will be selected in accordance to one of four state-required election dates. The closest election date for a recall would be in February.