Recall Hearing Starts Today for Mayor and Two City Representatives
POSTED: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 6:42am
UPDATED: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 1:21pm
EL PASO - The hearing to recall Mayor John Cook and two city representatives starts today.
Mayor Cook asked a judge to stop the recall process because he claims the signatures for the petitions against him were gathered illegally.
The mayor says the group, El Pasoans for Traditional Family Values used churches to circulate the petitions. That violates the state election law.
Mayor Cook has supboenaed several witnesses, including Pastor Tom Brown.
District Attorney Jaime Esparza and Municipal Clerk Richarda Momsen are also expected to testify in the hearing.
The recall election also includes City Representatives Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega.
The recall stems from a vote to restore health benefits to gay and unmarried partners of city employees, after El Pasoans voted against it.