UPDATE: Collins recall to proceed in city's southeast

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Collins has launched a website to combat the recall: collinsforcouncil.com.

——- ORIGINAL POST, WEDNESDAY, 5:21 P.M. ——-

City Councilor Helen Collins might have a lot of time on her hands after April 7 if recall promoters convince voters in her district to kick her out at mid-term.

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City Clerk Sarah Johnson issued a news release today saying petitions turned in last week contain enough signatures to force an election. That means that voters in District 4, the southeast part of the city, will be asked if they want to recall Collins. They also will be asked to vote for her replacement.

And all of that means that it's possible City Council will have five new faces after the election, because in addition to the Collins seat, voters will elect three at-large councilors and another member, from District 2 in the north sector, to finish the unexpired term of Joel Miller, who resigned in November to run for mayor.

Here's Johnson's press release:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— City Clerk Sarah Johnson provided official certification to City Council today that a sufficient petition has been filed for the recall of District 4 Council Member Helen Collins. The City Clerk’s Office has determined that the Petitioner’s Committee that initiated the recall effort has met the threshold of valid signatures required to place the recall question on the April 7, 2015 Municipal Election ballot.

As required by the City Charter, the Petitioner’s Committee needed to obtain enough valid signatures to equate to 25% of the total ballots cast in Council District 4 in the April 2, 2013 Municipal Election, or 1,485 valid signatures. The petitioners turned in 3,007 signatures and the City Clerk determined 1,715 to be valid voter signatures.

Next steps:

• If the Council Member sought to be removed from office does not resign within five (5) days of the City’s Clerk’s certification that a sufficient petition has been filed, the recall question will be placed on the April ballot along with the 200 word statement from the Petitioner’s Committee on reasons for demanding the recall, and, if desired, a 300 word statement from the Councilmember.

• If the Council Member chooses not to resign, the City Clerk will open a candidate filing period for City Council District 4 candidates to coincide with the current regular filing period for Mayor and City Council candidates, closing on February 11, 2015.

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