Signatures for recall of Portsmouth Mayor Wright turned in

Posted at 4:26 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 17:32:50-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - More than 8,000 signatures were stamped by the Portsmouth Circuit Court Clerk Tuesday. In total, 358 pages were checked in by hand, containing the signatures of residents who want to see Mayor Kenny Wright recalled.

"We think we have enough but that is for the registrar to decide," said Robert Marcus, the recall organizer. "People are concerned and we have heard it time and time again we need change. And change happens from the top."

Marcus said it took 14 months for him and the group of people to collect all of the signatures.

"This isn't a full time job this was a citizen effort and we did what we could."

Now the decision about whether or not Mayor Wright will stay in office is up to a judge.

"It's completely out of my hands," said Marcus. "It will be up to the court to decide the validity and what will happen next."

The next step is for a judge to go through the signatures and decide how long the registrars office has to verify the names. Once the registrars office goes through the names, it will go back to the judge, who will hold a hearing and make his decision.

News 3 reached out to Mayor Wright to hear his reaction to the signatures being delivered. He did not immediately respond to our request.

In the past Wright has commented on the potential recall by saying, "the devil is always busy".