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Change.org petition calls for Mayor Berry ouster

Updated: 09/01/2014 6:53 PM | Created: 09/01/2014 6:47 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

At least 300 people want Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry out of office according to a recall petition on Change.org posted to Facebook.

The petition says the mayor is ignoring the people of Albuquerque, but doesn't actually mean much in the eyes of city law.

A local man who started the petition said on the Change.org post that "Mayor Berry has not listened to the people of Albuquerque…he has done nothing to help people."

On the streets of Albuquerque, KOB found a pretty mixed reaction to the statement.

Michelle Lombard said she was happy the petition came to light for transparency's sake.

"More and more controversy, more people speaking up and wanting to be heard – and this is a way for people to be heard," Lombard said.

But not all Albuquerque residents shared the same sentiments.

"Berry has been, I think, as fair and as reasonable as he can be given the circumstances that have come up," said Dave Pena.

No matter the opinions on the street, an online petition can't prompt a recall. Under city law, petitioners are required to file a notice of intent to start a paper petition.

The notice requires signatures from five qualified voters, and once that happens, the petition must be signed by at least one-third of the number of people who voted in the last regular election.

The Mayor's Office had no comment.


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