Tracy recall petition certified

TRACY — The interim city administrator has certified the petition to recall Tracy City Councilman Tony Peterson.

Shane Daniels confirmed that the city council was notified of the certification Wednesday night.

Petition organizer Rosemary Martin said the petition with 157 signatures was originally turned over to Daniels on Oct. 11.

According to city charter, a recall referendum can be initiated by a petition signed by at least 20 percent of the number of people who voted in the last mayoral election. Based on the 2014 city election, 130 signatures from registered Tracy voters were needed to make the petition valid. Voter registration lists from Lyon County were used to determine the validity of signatures,

Martin said petition organizers collected exactly the required 130 qualifying signatures. However, a recount of the original 157 signatures found only 125 of the people signing were registered voters and city residents, she said. Petition organizers returned Tuesday morning with 14 additional signatures.

“Five of the 14 were validated as registered voters, getting the petition to its required minimum of 130 signatures,” Martin said.

The petition calls for Peterson’s removal for bullying a former city administrator and other city employees as well as overstepping his authority on the council in various situations.

“A number of people said they would not sign the petition because they were afraid of councilman Peterson and what he would do to them,” Martin said.

Martin said that she and other petition organizers plan to be on the agenda for the Oct. 23 council meeting.

Once it is presented, the council will be asked to consider a resolution regarding Peterson’s position on the council.

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