Historical Petition In Electra To Remove City Official - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Historical Petition In Electra To Remove City Official

Electra has made history with a petition to recall an elected official from office. A representative, from the Straight Shooters of Electra, hand delivered a signed petition to the Electra City Hall on August 11, 2014. 

The petition was to recall Margie Bentley Scott from her current position of Electra City Commissioner Place 2. 

“We feel that the recall of Margie Bentley Scott, from the city commission, will be a step toward better leadership in our city,” said Edna Talley, a representative for the Straight Shooters. 

Talley said problems have been on-going in the city, and it’s time to take action, and make changes. 

In May 2014 residents voted to add an initiative to the city’s charter. That initiative allows the residents to recall any elected city official. This is the first time the city will call upon the new revised charter to support their petition. 

“Now that we have the right of recall we decided to use it to try and remedy this situation,” said Tally.

In order for the petition to be accepted it needed 20 percent of registered city voter’s signatures. Electra currently has 591 voters, so they need 118 signatures. 

They received 146 total signatures after they started the petition June 23rd. The group had 130 days from the first signature to turn in the petition. However, getting the signatures only took the group a little longer than 30 days. 

Talley said the Straight Shooters have approached the commissioners is the past, at an attempt to resolve problems. 

“We have approached the commissioners on many occasions for their consideration on certain issues, those of which have been ignored,” said Talley. 

Scott was elected into office in May of 2013. Her term would be up in 2015, unless voter end it early. 

“She has been one of the leaders promoting some of these issues that we feel are detrimental to the city,” said Talley.  

Some of those issues mentioned were runaway spending, and the dismantling of the Electra Police force, according to Tally. 

“There are more issues than one, and it’s just been building up and building up,” said Talley. 

They hope this recall will be a solution to their on-going problems. 

“To break up the voting clique that they have, that they are not considering what’s best for Electra,” said Talley. 

The next step for city officials is to verify all signatures. All signatures must come from city residents and registered voters. Once verified the recall will go on the November ballots for a final decision from residents.

Brittany Costello, Newschannel 6

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Trump says he feels 'so badly' for Kavanaugh

    Trump says he feels 'so badly' for Kavanaugh

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-09-18 05:30:22 GMT
    Tuesday, September 18 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-09-18 23:09:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess...

    Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

    Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

  • Texas education board endorses nixing figures like Hillary Clinton, keeping Moses

    Texas education board endorses nixing figures like Hillary Clinton, keeping Moses

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-09-18 23:09:29 GMT
    Hillary Clinton was among dozens of people originally added to the curriculum in a 2010 overhaul. (Source: AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)Hillary Clinton was among dozens of people originally added to the curriculum in a 2010 overhaul. (Source: AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

    The Texas education board has been considering hundreds of recommendations on whether to keep historical figures and events in the school plan.

    The Texas education board has been considering hundreds of recommendations on whether to keep historical figures and events in the school plan.

  • Eye on Health: Flu Season

    Eye on Health: Flu Season

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 6:57 PM EDT2018-09-18 22:57:10 GMT

    Ashley Bowen from CommunityMed Family Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic dropped by to talk to us Tuesday about the upcoming flu season.

    Ashley Bowen from CommunityMed Family Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic dropped by to talk to us Tuesday about the upcoming flu season.

Powered by Frankly