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Local woman begins petition calling for mayor to step down

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C.C. resident Leah Tiner is now gathering signatures for a petition calling for the recall of Mayor Nelda Martinez. C.C. resident Leah Tiner is now gathering signatures for a petition calling for the recall of Mayor Nelda Martinez.
City Secretary Rebecca Huerta explained to Tiner how to start a city petition Monday morning. City Secretary Rebecca Huerta explained to Tiner how to start a city petition Monday morning.

A local woman is moving forward with a petition to recall Mayor Nelda Martinez.

Leah Tiner picked up the paperwork needed to begin a petition to recall mayor Nelda Martinez Monday morning. She said she is already gathering signatures.

On Thursday, Tiner created a Facebook page called "Corpus Christi recall of Mayor Nelda Martinez." 

Tiner has only lived in Corpus Christi for three years. She says the water problems are continual and she's tired of the water boil notices imposed by the city and not getting answers from city officials. 

"I've been griping and trying to get answers for over 10 months," said Tiner. "To no response. I've gotten every excuse under the sun. From, it was caused by a fire on Del Mar to the fire department flushing fire hydrants and not doing it correctly, to the plumbing department. The mayor should be held accountable. She is the one who oversees the best interest of the citizens. We're not getting that right now." 

Tiner says she's getting a lot of support from the public.

"People are upset. They're tired of the excuses. You know from the get go. The truth has not been told to us since this started. Since this water boil started, the truth has not been told," she said.

Tiner needs 10 percent of registered voters signatures in order to call for a recall in the next election in November. That means 16,500 voters need to sign the petition.

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