Socorro Council: First Vote to Recall Mayor, Councilman Passes
POSTED: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 7:35pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 2:53pm
SOCORRO - By unanimous vote, the Socorro City council has passed an ordinance calling for an election to recall Mayor Willie Gandara and Councilman Luis Varela.
In a special City Council meeting held Tuesday night, the vote passed 4-0 in favor of putting their recall to the vote.
These efforts come after deputies say they busted Luis Varela, 40, in a drug sting last week.
Mayor Gandara has also been indicted in the public corruption probe for alleged fraud while serving on the Socorro Independent School District Board.
The people of Socorro will get their chance to have their voices heard though.
Wednesday, December 1, the council will take public input, then will have to vote again to put the measure on the ballot. The soonest constituents could vote would be 45 days after that vote, which would be Saturday, Jan. 15.