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Recall petition issued for Levelland mayor after controversial Facebook post

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LEVELLAND, Texas -

An apology for a racist share on Facebook may not be enough for some residents in Levelland. Now, Mayor Barbra Pinner's term may come to an early end.

After Pinner's controversial Facebook post on Monday, there's now a petition to remove her.

Kimberly Young, who filed for it with the city, says she feels "Mrs. Pinner is not able to continue working and representing the City of Levelland as mayor because she has offended many of the constituents that voted for her."

Young specifically cites Pinner sharing "derogatory and disparaging posts on her personal social media account towards Black people" as the reasoning behind her removal.

For this petition to be valid, 10 percent of Levelland's registered voters have to sign the document. Based on new information provided by Levelland officials, petition organizers were informed by the county a total of 642 signatures are needed for Pinner's removal -- not the 735 originally reported. Organizers did not say how many signatures they've received so far. 

After the petition is turned in, it has to be verified by a city committee. Upon verification, Mayor Pinner will have five business days to resign. If she doesn't resign by the sixth day, a council meeting will be held to schedule a recall election.

The deadline to complete the petition is August 1.

Details on how petitions work can be found on the Election Code on the Secretary of State website - here.



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