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Davis Recall Hearing Set

Davis Recall Hearing Set

The recall petition was filed on Jan. 8 and says that Davis has violated his oath of office by allegedly failing to represent BRT opponents.

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

A Nob Hill business owner who wants to recall City Councilor Patrick Davis will get to argue his case Thursday morning before a District Court judge.

Steve Schroeder, owner of the Nob Hill Music store on Central Avenue in Nob Hill, Albuquerque, will have 45 minutes to convince Judge Clay Campbell to let him move forward with the recall effort. Schroeder wants Davis removed because he says the freshman councilor from District 6 has failed to oppose Mayor Richard Berry‘s proposed $100 million bus rapid transit line down Central.

The recall petition was filed on Jan. 8 and says that Davis has violated his oath of office by allegedly failing to represent BRT opponents.

If Campbell allows the recall effort to go forward, Schroeder would have to collect petition signatures from about 1,500 registered voters in District 6 to put the matter on the ballot.

Davis said he is taking a wait-and-see position on BRT and wants to see the final plans for the 10-mile-long route before deciding whether to support or oppose it.

The project would be built with $80 million in federal and $20 million in city funds. It would have dedicated bus lanes on Central, which many business owners along the proposed route oppose.

Davis won a three-way election for the seat in October. He got 2,894 votes, or 67.4 percent of all votes cast.

The federal government is expected to let the city know on Feb. 9 if it is going to fund the project.

The hearing on the recall petition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday.

 

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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