POSTED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:52am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 6:55pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The group Citizens for Responsible Government, led by Sal Gomez filed an intent to circulate a petition at City Hall this morning in order to begin the process to recall El Paso City Rep. Emma Acosta.
Acosta serves as the representative for district 3, which covers east El Paso. She was elected in 2009 and re-elected to a second term in 2013.
Gomes told NewsChannel 9 that Acosta ignored his plea to put an item before council that would "fight corruption at City Hall."
He also wants her out of the seat because he believes she helped block a petition to put the old City Hall demolition decision on the ballot.
"We are not satisified with her response. And this is one way that we can react and fight city hall."
Acosta believes the movement is not about her, but about the County Judge's primary race. She threw her support behind Aliana Apodaca, and claims co-city representative Eddie Holguin's supporters are holding that against her.
"I think my record speaks for itself. I don't know exactly... They're very vague in their petition. But I do believe it is politically motivated. And I believe it's as a result of me not supporting their candidate," said Acosta.
She cites former county judge candidate Jaime O. Perez' online blog www.wakeupcallnews.com , from a post on Feb. 9 that says "The effect of a recall petition just prior to early voting may throw a wrench into the primary voting calculations."
She also says there are several blog posts that endorse Holguin.
Gomez says he needs 1,400 signatures within the next 60 days in order to get the recall on a ballot.