Rodriguez declares intent to fight recall as petitioners round up enough signatures

Ontario City Council President Freddy Rodriguez at a March 4 meeting. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO - The Malheur County Clerk’s Office announced early Tuesday that petitioners seeking to recall Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez had obtained the required signatures to force Rodriguez to either resign or for a recall vote.

As of Wednesday, Rodriguez, who serves as council president, has not submitted his decision to the Ontario city recorder’s office but indicated on his Facebook page that he would not resign.

"To everyone begging me to resign and circumvent 10,500 citizens, I have always made sure the voters have their views heard. I will do no different here. This will go to the voters with the ever elusive 'other half of the story' for them to weigh,” Rodriguez wrote Tuesday.

The petition . . .