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Michael Zoran recall, Cottrellville Township, Michigan (2014)

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An effort to recall township trustee Michael Zoran in Cottrellville Township, Michigan from his position was launched in January 2014.[1]

Recall supporter arguments

Recall supporter Matthew Kovalcik has argued that Zoran's actions as township trustee have been disruptive. Zoran, who was first elected in November 2012, has been censured by the township board of trustees five times.[1]

"I've been going to meetings now for the last year and a half or so, and I just don't think it is right for citizens to have someone sworn as a trustee paid by the township, to cause so much grief and issues for us," said Kovalcik.[1]

Official's response

Zoran alleges that he is being punished for exercising his First Amendment rights. Prior to the beginning of the recall effort, Zoran sued the township and its supervisor for violating the Open Meetings Act. Since then, he has attempted to record trustee board meetings and has consistently been rebuked by the board for doing so.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Michigan

In late January 2014, the St. Clair County Election Commission approved petition language submitted by Kovalcik. Recall proponents must collect 313 signatures within a 60-day period in the next six months. A recall election will then be scheduled, provided the petition language is upheld upon any further appeals.[1]

An earlier petition submitted in December 2013 to the commission was rejected.[1]

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