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Charged city council meeting after Morales resignation

Tensions remain for Temple residents after mayor pro tem Judy Morales steps down.

Supporters on both sides spoke out during the 30 minutes of public comments in Thursday's city council meeting. The city originally planned a public forum on the topic of Judy Morales, but after her resignation that meeting beforehand was canceled.

Several people spoke on behalf of Morales calling her a great woman. Others say there's more work to be done. Mari Paul says it's just one down and four to go. She says after the resignation, there's still people calling for a recall.

"So the tons of people that have come out and signed that were not in Judy's district, know what we were trying to accomplish and that was to get the city council removed," Paul said. "But I have no relief whatsoever, it's been a long two weeks and I still have a long hard two weeks coming."

Paul was one of several people who spoke in front of the council. Several people simply said they appreciate the council for the dedication they have for the city. Others, though, want changes.

"This is about supporting the rule of law versus supporting lawlessness," Temple resident CJ Grisham said.

Many people also spoke on behalf of Morales calling her a great woman. A couple of those people did have issues, including questions on what happens now.

"Who do we go to as District 2, who is going to represent us now, what number do we call," Temple resident Rita Joe Guerra said. "I had a number on speed dial, what number, as citizens, do we call now when we do have a problem?"

The city did answer some of those questions including what happens on May 10 when Morales is set to start another term after she ran unopposed.

 "Unless she declines the office between May 10 and May 14 or resigns the office after that date she would be the council member elected from that district," city attorney Jonathan Graham said.

The city also says Morales told them she plans on sending a letter of resignation on May 10. Once that is in, there will be a special election to fill the empty seat.

The city declined to do an interview after Morales' announcement and after the meeting, but mayor Danny Dunn sent out a statement after the announcement.

He said, "I respect the decision from Ms. Morales to resign her position as Mayor Pro Tem and District 2 council member. I thank her for her service to the city and wish her well. I would also like to say that her commitment to her constituents will continue to be honored by the Temple City Council. The Temple City Council will continue to strive to make all of our city a great place for all citizens."

Moving on, Paul says she still is confident she can get the signatures for a recall.

"So the tons of people that have come out and signed that were not in Judy's district, know what we were trying to accomplish and that was to get the city council removed," Paul said.
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