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Effort to recall Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs moves forward

Michael Tubbs on becoming Mayor of Stockton

From "the rougher parts of Stockton" to the Mayor's office, Michael Tubbs is the city's youngest, and first African-American mayor.
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From "the rougher parts of Stockton" to the Mayor's office, Michael Tubbs is the city's youngest, and first African-American mayor.

Last month, Stockton residents began an effort to recall Mayor Michael Tubbs.

Brenda Vasquez, who is leading the effort, on Tuesday posted on Facebook a letter she received from the Office of the City Clerk, saying “WE DID IT, WITH TEARS OF JOY!”

The letter from Stockton City Clerk Bret Hunter was posted by Vasquez on the public Stockton Politics group page, which has nearly 1,500 members.

“I am notifying you that your petition meets the California Elections Code and City of Stockton Charter requirements to begin circulating the petition for signatures,” reads the letter, which is dated Feb. 13, 2018, and was confirmed by Hunter via an email to The Bee.

In Vasquez’s notice of intention to circulate a recall petition, which was published in January by The Record newspaper of Stockton, she said Tubbs – who became both the city’s youngest and first black mayor in a landslide election – “continues to act in a fiscally irresponsible manner,” said homelessness has increased while he’s been in office and claims that he’s “using his position for personal celebrity.”

Tubbs, 27, filed a response, saying he’s “humbled to serve all people of Stockton” and supports “accountability and transparency” while taking aim at the recall effort.

“The power to remove an individual from office is reserved for the greatest betrayals of public trust, not just because you disagree with someone,” Tubbs wrote. “I am proud to be your mayor and I look forward to continue working on behalf of the people.”

Tubbs, a Democrat, defeated Republican incumbent Anthony Silva in the 2016 election, winning more than 70 percent of the vote.

The Record reports that 15,918 signatures are needed in order to have Stockton voters decide on a recall.

Should the effort be successful, Tubbs wouldn’t be the first Stockton mayor to be removed from office.

Randy Ronk, who was appointed as mayor in 1983, was later impeached and removed from the City Council.

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