Of the four city representatives being looked into by the Texas Rangers and our local district attorney for potential violations of the Texas Open Meetings act, two of them will have to face the voters in May.
Representatives Limon and Tolbert will need to be reelected in order to stay on council.
Representatives Niland and Svarzbein each have two more years before their terms expire.
Our city charter does not allow a recall election for a city representative that has less than one year remaining in their term. Representatives Limon and Tolbert fall into this category. If one or both of them resign the state constitution requires that an election to fill the vacancy occur within 120 days.
If either Niland or Svarzbein resign at this point the constitutional [correction, city charter] provision will require an election within 120 days. If a recall effort gets certified and one or both of them [correction, then] resign, our city charter states that “no recall election shall be held”.
We deserve better