The accusation was Lubbock city secretary Becky Garza illegally threw out signatures on two recall petitions against council member Linda DeLeon. The district attorney decided not to file charges, we haven't heard the the end of saga. Over the past few months, there have been two attempts to oust councilwoman DeLeon, led by Armando Gonzales. After the second recall attempt failed by just a handful of signatures, Gonzales accused DeLeon and the city secretary Becky Garza of violating state election laws. He says Garza threw out legitimate signatures, and that DeLeon had access to the petition before the numbers and signatures were certified. In the district attorney's response he says the election law in question does not extend to recall petitions. Also, that the evidence is hearsay, and there was no clear criminal offense.
However, both sides of the story interpret this letter very differently. "I think the letter speaks for itself," said DeLeon. "It's absolutely what we anticipated. We've said before Becky Garza runs the best elections of anyone in the state," said City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld. "Matt Powell's decision means we have a square peg and were trying to put it in round hole," said Gonzales. Gonzales is looking into filing a civil suit, and might start a third recall petition.