The recall effort against a North Las Vegas municipal judge is a witch hunt, according to a political consultant who formed a group to counter the campaign to oust the judge.
Political consultant Johnny Jackson said citizens approached him about fighting what they see as an unfair recall against Judge Catherine Ramsey. The group is 13-people strong, according to Jackson. He said he couldn’t say who those people were yet, but would release the names once he had permission.
Political consultant David Thomas, who represents the recall group, has said the recall won’t be cheap and estimates it will take $25,000 to get the needed signatures. Thomas said he does not have a list of contributors to the recall done yet but will share that information when it’s ready. The recall effort is largely funded by the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association, according to union President Mike Yarter.
The recall committee will need to collect 1,984 signatures by June 9 to recall Ramsey.
Ramsey was elected in 2011, so the recall effort will need to gather signatures from people who voted in that election, and those signatures will be checked to make sure they are valid. If there are enough signatures, a special election will be held.
The group’s website — removeramseynow.com — contends the judge wastes city money. It highlights multiple lawsuits that have been filed against the judge.
“I just don’t get it,” Jackson said. “$25,000 against a judge who hasn’t done many of the things she’s accused of.”
Ramsey contends, through a statement by her attorney, that the recall is political hit job by the city, specifically the mayor’s office and takes issue with many of the recall group’s allegations.
A city spokesman said Tuesday that the city is not behind the recall.
“However, the North Las Vegas City Council has actively worked to restore integrity to our Municipal Courts and protect taxpayer dollars from possible waste and abuse,” said spokesman Mitch Fox.
“In an attempt to make court proceedings open and transparent, the Council also passed a law to ensure that court recording systems are always operational during court proceedings. Regardless of the outcome of the recall the North Las Vegas City Council will continue to monitor the situation in our courts, in case additional corrective action needs to be taken. “