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Superior to Hold Recall Election

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2013

Superior’s “Kiki” Peralta urges Globe City Council to drop support of Resolution Copper.

SUPERIOR — A special recall election will be held for Superior Town Council member Soyla “Kiki” Peralta on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at St. Mary’s Center. All registered voters in Superior are eligible.

The recall movement began on March 17, five days after a controversial meeting regarding an agreement with Resolution Copper. Three board members had recused themselves, and the gavel went to Peralta. More than 100 citizens packed the hall, but Peralta said there would be no discussion allowed, and if anyone spoke up they would be removed by the police. No discussion was heard from the council; they voted against Resolution Copper and the meeting was over “in four minutes.”

A number of Superior residents were upset. “The Council did not speak for the majority of the people of Superior,” said Mila Besich-Lira, who now opposes Peralta in the upcoming election.

Cleanup organizer Sue Anderson had planned to stay out of local politics. After the March 12 meeting, however, she wrote to congressmen, “We want you to know that the Town Council of Superior is NOT speaking for us or most of the residents here. They made the decision to oppose the Land Exchange behind closed doors without the input of the people.”

The Council had discussed the matter in executive session, but not in public, and had not discussed the issues with the mine. One pamphlet circulated in Superior rejoiced that Resolution had received a “slap in the face,” and declared, “Save the deserts!”

For the complete article see the 08-21-2013 issue.

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