There’s now a second effort to recall members of the Alice City Council. This time, the target of the recall effort is mayor Jolene B. Vanover and council member Pete Crisp.
The City of Alice received affidavits for recall for Vanover and Crisp late Tuesday. Vanover was elected as mayor on May 6. Crisp won a re-election bid in that same election for Place 1 on the council.
Former city council candidate Tony Sexton submitted the affidavits to city hall, interim city manager Diana L. Lopez said. He was on the May 6 ballot for Place 1 on the council and lost to Crisp.
Twenty affidavits were submitted for Vanover. A total of 19 of the 20 were confirmed to be qualified voters in the City of Alice. Fifteen affidavits were submitted for Crisp, and 14 were confirmed to be voters in the city. Only voters registered to vote in Alice are allowed to participate in any formal part of the recall process. Each affidavit represents an Alice voter who can collect signatures for the recall petitions.
The petitions for recall were issued Wednesday. Those seeking the recall have 60 calendar days to collect the necessary signatures and turn in the petitions to the city. In order for the recall petition to be effective, the number of signatures required is equal in number to at least five percent of the number of voters who cast their ballots in the last city election.
The total number of votes in the City of Alice Municipal Election held on May 6 was 2,249. Five percent equals 113 signatures. Each petition is treated as a separate petition, and therefore the 113 signatures will need to be for each petition, and not combined.
It is the second recall tied the city council.
In early June, voters Cindy Loera and Randal Dickens field affidavits for recall for council members Yolanda Moran and Elida Garza. The group collected the necessary signatures, and the council recently called for a recall referendum to do on the Nov. 7 election ballot.