Maricopa councilman wants to recall fellow member over DUI

Councilman Leon Potter
Councilman Leon Potter

By Adam Gaub | Maricopa Monitor

Saying Bridger Kimball’s conviction for driving while under the influence in December 2012 compromised his moral standing as a council member, fellow Councilman Leon Potter is seeking Kimball’s recall.

Potter told the Maricopa Monitor that Kimball’s arrest for DUI 15 months ago never sat well with him, but when details emerged in the press last December that Kimball’s blood alcohol content was 0.285 percent — 31⁄2 times the legal limit — he believed something needed to be done.

“I was waiting for all the information to come out,” Potter said of the case, in which Kimball was able to plead to a lesser charge before the blood alcohol tests came back. “Since then, I’ve been trying to decide what my role would be.”

Potter said he had received feedback both positive and negative to the decision to begin the recall. The negative light in which it could cast the council, he said, was one of his primary concerns.

It was a concern shared by Kimball, but in a different way.

“I think this is unneeded because it’s a council member pulling a recall packet on another council member,” Kimball said. “Throughout the 15 months since my arrest, me personally or we as a council have received zero e-mails about this.”

Kimball said he had “paid my dues,” both in the legal system and by participating in speaking engagements at Maricopa High School, warning students of the dangers of drinking and driving.

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