Another chapter in the ongoing political infighting in Westminster was written on Thursday when organizers of a recall campaign against Councilmember Kimberly Ho submitted over 4000 signatures to the city clerk’s office.
According to Lucie Colombo, interim city clerk, a petition to call for a recall election had 4,045 signatures. At least 2,666 valid signatures are needed to require the city council to call an election to decide whether to remove Ho from her District 3 seat.
She was among three councilmembers who prevailed in a recall election in April 2020. Voters rejected the removal from office of Mayor Tri Ta and councilmembers Chi Charlie Nguyen and Ho with 57 to 59 percent opposed.
That was when Ho was aligned with Ta and Nguyen. She now votes consistently with a new majority of Vice Mayor Carlos Manzo and Councilman Tai Do, leading some critics to accuse her of “switching sides.”
The signatures must be validated. Any that are from people who are not registered voters residing in District 3 (generally the central part of the city) would be rejected.