Two groups offer differing opinions for LNK Recall efforts

LNK Recall held their first signing event Monday, but it wasn't without opposition.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –As recall petitions became available for signatures for the first time on Monday, a group of Lincolnites is pleading that people decline to sign.

“A recall should only be used in extreme circumstance and there’s a big violation of public trust and that’s not the case here. This is a policy squabble or disagreement,” Justin Carlson with Decline to Sign said.

On the opposite side, the group LNK Recall says it’s time for a change.

“We just want to give Lincoln the opportunity to have their voice heard. City Council has been silencing the voice of people saying you can have signs, you cant clap when someone’s done speaking,” Samuel Lyon, with LNK Recall said.

The group wants to recall Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor–Baird and four city council members, Tammy ward, Richard Meginnis, Jane Raybould and James Michael Bowers. They say they’re unhappy with the way the Mayor has handled the pandemic and how council members aren’t listening to citizens.

The group decline to sign says this is not the way to solve our problems.

“I know if we are going to get our city open again and our bars and restaurants back to normal, we are going to have to get through this crisis. That happens by wearing a mask and not recalling our elected officials, ” Carlson said.

They’ve got support from doctors, reverends and CEO’s who worry the public health crisis has turned into a political stance.

It would take thousands of signatures for each petition. If LNK Recall were to reach the goal, it would bring a special election that would cost a quarter of a million dollars.

If you are interested in signing the petitions, they are located across the city and will be available for 30 days.

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