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Taxpayers expressing monetary concerns over McQueen’s May 2017 special election

Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 09:48:53-04

Five people will be on the ballot for Corpus Christi mayor in November. Among those candidates is Dan McQueen, the city’s former mayor.

McQueen was elected in November 2016 in a term that lasted 37 days. He resigned after a series of 6 Investigates reports raised questions about his credentials. His departure forced the city to hold a special election that cost taxpayers nearly $225,000.

Last week, McQueen tossed his hat in the ring for mayor again.

Jack Gordy of the Corpus Christi Taxpayers Association said he hopes voters will take McQueen’s past into consideration when they vote.

“He doesn’t deserve it and we don’t deserve him,” Gordy said. “He proved that the last time.”

Gordy also said McQueen should be held accountable for that special election.

“I’d have sued him for the money for the cost of the election, because he’s the one who caused us to have to have the election,” Gordy said.

KRIS 6 News spoke with City Secretary Rebecca Huerta who said the city paid for the special election out of the city’s general fund, which also funds police, fire, parks and libraries.

According to the city’s charter, there is nothing that would require McQueen to reimburse the city for the cost of the special election.

KRIS 6 News called and texted McQueen and his former chief of staff for comment Monday, but did not receive a response.