Lynn Slagle recall, Whitmore Lake Public Schools, Michigan (2014)

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An effort to recall Lynn Slagle from the Whitmore Lake Board of Education in Michigan began in January 2014. The recall effort failed after county elections officials rejected petition language on June 26, 2014.[1]

Recall supporter arguments

District resident Dave Gibbons initiated the recall effort due to Slagle's actions at a January 27, 2014 board meeting. Gibbons claimed that Slagle had appointed someone other than a board member to preside over the meeting, which would break district policy. Slagle countered that the meeting mentioned in the recall petition was the annual organizational meeting. This meeting involved votes for board officers and Slagle appointed Superintendent Kim Hart to preside until the presidential vote was complete. Slagle was re-elected as the board president and resumed her role as presiding officer following the vote.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Michigan

Gibbons submitted recall petition language to county elections officials following the January 27 board meeting. His petition was rejected during a clarity hearing held by county elections officials on June 26, 2014.[1] If the petition had been approved, supporters would have needed signatures from district residents totaling 25% of all votes in the district during the previous gubernatorial election.[2]

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