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UPDATE: Effort to recall Rivera moves forward

November 12, 2009
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The issue: Patrick Ayers, a Colorado Springs homeless advocate, has announced his intention to recall Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera and Vice Mayor Larry Small after voters rejected a proposed property tax increase last week.

Ayers kicked off the recall effort Friday at a news conference at City Hall that drew about a dozen people, but did not file the necessary paperwork with the city clerk’s office to obtain petitions to get it on a ballot.

What’s new: Ayers, 59, said he’ll file the recall papers by 10:30 a.m. Friday.

What’s next: If Ayers follows through on his promise, he’ll have approximately two months from the time he receives printed signature sheets from the city to gather 14,300 signatures apiece for Rivera and Small.  If he’s successful, the city must hold a recall election within two months of receiving the signatures.

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