Tucumcari voters in districts 1 and 2 will decide on Jan. 2 whether to recall Commissioners Dora Salinas-McTigue, District 1, and Jimmy Sandoval, District 2.
The commission decided unanimously to hold the recall election on that date at a special meeting Friday. The commission also voted unanimously to hold the election at the Tucumcari Convention Center after turning down a proposal from Commissioner Robert Lumpkin to hold the election at City Hall, which, he said, would be closer to both districts.
Before the commission made its election decisions, Tucumcari resident Gary Montaño challenged Mayor Amiel Curnutt about whether he lives in the city. Curnutt said that while his wife lives in Albuquerque and he visits on weekends, he lives five days a week in Tucumcari. Taxes on the property, he said, are paid in the name of a family trust, “but I pay the taxes,” he said.
At the Commission’s Oct. 24 meeting, City Clerk Angelica Gray announced that recall petitions in districts 1 and 2 had enough qualified signatures to authorize recall elections. The petitions started circulating after the Sept. 26 Commission meeting at which the commission voted to fire City Manager Doug Powers. At the following meeting Oct. 10, Powers was reinstated. Commissioner Ernie Dominguez, District 3, changed his vote. Salinas-McTigue and Sandoval voted both times to dismiss Powers.
Last week, Gray confirmed she had received a petition with 65 signatures to recall Dominguez. The petition to recall Dominguez was not mentioned at the special meeting Friday, but will be brought up at Thursday’s regular commission meeting, Gray said. As with the petitions on Salinas-McTigue and Sandoval, the commission must decide whether to accept the petition as presented or have the signatures verified and examined by the city clerk. The other two petitions have had signatures examined and verified.
Gray also confirmed last week that forms were approved for petitions to recall Lumpkin and Curnutt.