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We need your support to help save democracy in a small town in Texas. For too long, we’ve watched office holders get away with scandals, mismanage and misuse public funds - grossly disregarding the law for which they are expected to uphold and protect. Bribes, kickbacks, and refusal to show any type of accountability by an entire political establishment in the City of Killeen has led to a suit being filed in federal court.  Even more tragic is that this community is the housing and service hub for the largest U.S. military base in the world, Fort Hood. This is a slap to military personnel and their families, as a group of people blatantly decided to take advantage of the transient population knowing that there was no oversight.

The council paid off the former city manager $750,000 to leave his post and not say anything relating to the operations of the council. The citizens were outraged, and one man, Jonathan Okray, started a mission to recall the city council, believing that demanding accountability of public servants is the crux of our democracy. 

He led a petition drive and gathered signatures every day for one month collecting the needed 51% of registered voters in order to request a recall, yet this council still refuses to step down or hold an election. Leaders of the city and the political establishment have turned a blind eye to justice. Thus, we have filed suit in the Western District of Texas - Case 6:11-cv-00170-WSS -to have a recall election in order to serve the citizens of this town.  We are holding a fundraiser for the cost of legal counsel for litigation in this matter. We, a few people against an entire political establishment,  have tried every other avenue, and we are relying on a legal remedy in federal court. This is not about wielding power nor partisanship. This is about competence and civic integrity.

Additional information is provided by this article on examiner.com: http://www.examiner.com/legal-news-in-austin/killeen-city-council-faces-recall

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