NORMAN — Organizers of the group attempting to remove Mayor Breea Clark and three city council members for "defunding" police and failing to "uphold the will of the people" said Friday they had collected more than enough signatures to support a recall petition for Clark but not for council members Kate Bierman and Stephen Holman.
"What we just did was historic," Unite Norman co-founder Russell Smith told about 100 enthusiastic supporters outside City Hall on Friday, the group's deadline for turning in petition signatures. "It's about the issues here in this town. It's about taking our town back. It's about not having radicals in power. This is about centering the shift."
The petition to recall Clark requires 18,124 signatures, or 25% of registered voters in Norman. The group reported turning in 20,560 signatures Friday in favor of recalling the mayor.
The group kicked off it's recall campaign in June after Clark and the eight-member council voted to reallocate $865,000 from the police department's proposed $31 million budget and "not upholding the will of the people."