Monday, October 19, 2020

New Mexico: Santa Fe Mayor facing recall threats over destruction of monument

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber (D) is facing recall threats following the destruction of a historic obelisk war monument. The police department walked away from protests, which allowed for the destruction. The monument was dedicated to Union soldiers in the Civil War and to "'heroes' who died in battle 'with savage Indians in the Territory of New Mexico...'"

Webber's term ends in November 2021, which means that a recall may not be possible to launch, as there is a 1 year grace period at the end of the term. Petitioners would need 33.3% of the turnout (called "actual voters" here), as well as 15% from each council district. 

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