Less than a week after the Cochise County Superior Court threw out the recall against Douglas Mayor Dr. Michael Gomez, the recall against Ward 2 Councilman Mitchell Lindemann became official.
The election is set for August 30, 2011. Candidate packets will be available beginning May 2 at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 425 10th Street.
In order for the candidate’s name to appear on the special recall election ballot, the required documents and nomination papers must be filed with the City Clerk no earlier than June 1 and no later than 5 p.m., July 1.
In his cover letter for the petition, Lopez says, “We the Citizens for a Better Progressive Community and of Ward 2, are displeased with Mitch Lindemann for not participating in any meeting which would have educated him on border issues such as the Arizona-Mexico Commission regarding environment, infrastructure, real estate, port of entry, transportation, bi-cultural events, immigration, and tourism and not attending meetings helped by the Arizona League of Cities which give him legislative updates on important issues.
“Mr. Lindemann does not network and has not formed partnerships with elected officials outside of Douglas.
“Councilman Lindemann voted against a resolution calling for funding to protect the Public and personnel on the border. At the last annual League of Cities meeting, the President of the Arizona League of Cities, the President of the National League of Cities, Attorney General Goddard, Governor Brewer and Senator McCain were emphatic about the need to secure the border.
“On October 13, 2010, Mr. Lindemann, a strong proponent for limiting the rights of constituents to speak at the city council meetings, voted to limit the public to 12 speakers, each speaking five minutes, and to limit meetings to one hour.
“We need and deserve better representation in Ward 2.”
Lopez filed the recall petition on October 26 .
In the last council election, Lindemann won by a single vote over Richard Lopez after the recount was completed two weeks following the election.
Unofficial results after the March 9 election had Richard Lopez defeating Lindemann by a tally of 68-61. But by Thursday, those numbers had been adjusted to take into account Early Ballots turned into the polls and provisional ballots. Following those additions, it had Lindemann winning by a single vote, 69-68.