Representative Lindsey Holmes attended a community council meeting Thursday night in Turnagain, where the group looking to recall her from office was asking for support.
Holmes switched her political party affiliation to Republican after winning re-election last November, as a Democrat.
Typically, community council meetings are not the stage for heated political debates, but for a few minutes Thursday night, it was. According to recall organizer Wigi Tozzi, a face-to-debate with Holmes was not the intention.
"We asked to be put on the agenda tonight because we wanted to let the community council know that there are going to be volunteers from our organization visiting the various neighborhoods,” said Tozzi.
Tozzi says, starting this weekend, they will begin a push to get signatures for the recall of Holmes. Tozzi says they want people to be aware that organizers will be going door-to-door, and to not be suprised if cars are parked along their street while organizers are in the neighborhoods. The Turnagain Community Council president allowed Holmes to take questions following the announcement made by the group, "Recall Lindsey Holmes."
While some expressed their frustrations to the recall organizers, others directed questions at Holmes. The question of the night was, "Why did she choose to change party affiliations?"
To that question Holmes responded, “You know the people that I was working with on the issues, the ones that I told you I was out working on, um you know, that's where I thought I could do the best work for the district and the state was working on those issues and those were the people that I was working with on them with."
The people have now heard Holmes' answer and it is now up to her constituents to decide if she will stay in office.
Organizers of Recall Lindsey Holmes say they need to collect approximately 730 signatures and the soonest those signatures can be submitted is mid-May. Once submitted the recall will be evaluated and if approved organizers say they will need to collect approximately 2,000 signatures. Organizer Tozzi says the earliest citizens could vote to recall Lindsey Holmes would be summer of 2014.
Channel 2's Phil Walczak contributed to this story.
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