Five Denton residents began circulating a petition to recall Davis in early January, just months after Denton residents voted in the November election to recall then-Council member Alison Maguire.
If the petition gets 254 signatures, Davis could pass a recall vote in May.
The petition claims that Davis “ignored the will of over 32,000 Dentonites”. He gives two reasons for his recall:
It alleges that in early December, Davis voted against “an initiative to bar routine arrests and prosecutions of individuals in Denton accused of low-level marijuana possession offenses.” It also says that in late June, Davis voted against a resolution “which favors the use of city funds to investigate and enforce criminal laws related to a woman’s right to reproductive choice and healthcare.”
Davis said he did a good job representing his district and that his critics are too focused on hyperpoliticized national issues.
“We really need to talk about streets, roads and utilities, pay police and firefighters, build parks and libraries,” Davis said.
Richard Gladden is an attorney who lives in Davis County and helped file the motion to withdraw. He said he wanted Davis “to be held accountable for ignoring the expressed wishes of his constituents.”
Gladden said he was appalled that Davis voted against a resolution that “would have removed the power of the Denton police to investigate women who were considering exercising their right of choice.”
While Gladden insists on recalling Davis, he represents Maguire in her fight to be reinstated.
Maguire faced opposition after the constituency change changed her electorate. Many of her new constituents did not share her views, including her support for the decriminalization of marijuana.
Davis believes that widespread frustration with the city’s attorney and city manager is a key factor behind the recall targeted at him.
“It makes absolutely no sense,” Davis said. I’m sure that in May people will go to the polls and vote with their conscience for my track record… the good that I tried to do for the city – and not get involved in a very stupid and childish game.”
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Maya Nicholson reports to the KERA Government Accountability Group. She is studying broadcast journalism at the University of North Texas.
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