Friday, December 19, 2014

Deborah Hendrix talks about Collins recall

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

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Former Harrison School Board President Deborah Hendrix, one of the three people seeking to recall District 4 City Councilor Helen Collins, says she won't stand to benefit from the situation.

Collins beat Hendrix and two other candidates vying for the District 4 seat in the April 2013 city elections. But Hendrix says she has no interest in taking the seat this time around, and will not run for it.

 “Absolutely not," she said when asked about it. "I want to make that very clear.”

Like current Harrison Board President Victor Torres, who is also sponsoring the recall, Hendrix says she feels that Collins isn't listening to her constituents, saying she's heard from people in the community that Collins is dismissive or "rude." 

 “She’s not very relational," Hendrix says. "She doesn’t care if she talks to you; doesn't care what your opinion is.”

She says that she wishes Collins would have formed a group of community leaders to talk to about issues that affect the community, and used that input to influence her votes. She says she feels like Collins instead votes based on her own politics.

“Sometimes it appears she's just controversial just because she can be,” Hendrix says.

The Independent has called Collins seeking comment, but has not heard back from her yet.

Hendrix says she has heard from around 50 people who are willing to go door-to-door in the coming weeks collecting signatures on a petition to recall Collins. She says if that effort isn't enough, her team will consider hiring petition gatherers. She said she was not ready to name any other high-profile supporters of the recall. She said she had not spoken to the mayor or city councilors about the issue.

Interestingly, Hendrix once faced a recall herself. In 2010, Hendrix and two other Harrison School Board members were targeted for recall, but the effort flopped. Asked if she has any advice for Collins given their shared experience, Hendrix says, "When individuals wanted to recall us on the school board, one of the things I always said was, 'Allow my record to be your guide ... Look at the information, look at the facts, and if you feel like I or my colleagues have not honored what we were elected to do then remove us.'”

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