Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Texas: Signatures verified against McKinney City Councilman; Vote expected in May

Signatures handed in against Councilman La'Shadion Shemwell have been validated. Petitioners handed in over 3300 signatures and 3062 were verified, with 2127 needed. The recall will likely be scheduled in May.

Shemwell has been a controversial member of the council with complaints of violating ethics codes and making inflammatory statements and getting arrested repeatedly (one seemed to be for domestic violence), which he claimed occurred after he was racially profiled after refusing to sign two citations after he was pulled over for speeding last year. Shemwell has previously declared a "black state of emergency" in Texas.

McKinney approved an amendment to make recalls easier to get on the ballot earlier this year.

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