Portsmouth, VA Mayor Ordered to Resign or Face Recall Election

Thu, May 27 2010 by Anonymous

James HolleyPortsmouth Mayor James Holley has been given until next Friday to resign his position, finding that a recall petition with nearly 9,000 signatures was sufficient to trigger a recall election.

Mayor Holley had attempted to fight the petition effort by arguing that the signatures weren’t properly validated. That challenge has failed, and a recall election will be set for July 13 if Holley fails to resign.

Holley was reprimanded and fined by the city council last year after it was found that he was using city employees to perform personal chores for him, including online shopping and canceling his subscription to Playboy.

Holley says he is not scared because the petitioners don’t represent every one of the city’s 100,000 residents. As the Virginian-Pilot points out, the recall effort collected 8,700 signatures, and the top finishers in recent municipal elections got around 5,800 votes. I noted in a previous post that only a total of just over 10,000 voters turned out in a city election held just days before the petition was turned in to city officials.

Holley was recalled from mayor in 1987.