Flat Rock City Council recall, Michigan 2009
An effort to recall two Flat Rock City council members was launched on July 20, 2009 by mayoral candidate Arthur Coen. Targeted officials includes Flat Rock Councilmen Jonathan Dropiewski, a mayoral candidate, and Eric Painter. Dropiewski won the mayoral election on November 3, 2009. After the election, he stated that the petition against him is a moot point now that he is mayor. He stated: "I’m glad the voters were able to see past the obviously politically motivated attempt to recall me."
According to the filed petition, Coen cited that Dropiewski is in favor of "changing the Flat Rock city charter so that future city councilpersons are appointed by the mayor instead of being elected by the citizens of Flat Rock.” Dropiewski, however, said that he disagrees with the statement. The reason given for calling for Painter's recall is that he voted for in favor of a 2009-10 fiscal year budget with a $488,158 deficit.
If the recall is not approved both councilmen have been elected to serve until 2011.
The Wayne County Election Commission approved the language in the petition on October 19, 2009. Recall supporters must now collect sufficient signatures in order to place the measure on the ballot.