New Haven village council and clerk recall, Michigan (2014)

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An effort to recall several village council members and the village clerk in New Haven, Michigan from their positions was launched in July 2013. Targeted officials included Village President Jammie Kincaid and Trustees Jaremy Davis, Jennifer Podgurski, Brett Harris and Daniel Steir. Village clerk Deborah Mack was also targeted, but recall petition language against her was rejected by the election officials. An election was held on May 6, 2014 to determine the fates of Kincaid, Davis, Podgurski and Stier. All four were recalled.[1][2][3][4][5]

Recall supporter arguments

The recall effort was led by Ann Pridemore. Recall supporters were upset over a vote by the village council on July 9, 2013 to allow Kincaid to sign a contract with waste disposal company Rizzo Environmental Services. Rizzo was planning to build a landfill on property partly under control of the village. The project would have given the village an annual revenue stream of between $1.5 to $3 million. The village council later voted to rescind the contract, despite it having already been signed.[1][2]

Pridemore later expanded her criticisms of the targeted officials, citing a general sense of "fiscal irresponsibility" as additional grounds for the recall effort.[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Michigan

On August 9, 2013 the Macomb County Election Commission approved petition language for Kincaid, Davis and Podgurski. They rejected language for Mack.[1] Ultimately, adequate petitions were submitted for the recall of Kincaid, Stier, Davis and Podgurski. The four officials faced a recall election scheduled on May 6, 2014. For each official targeted, 295 valid signatures had to be collected to trigger a recall.[4] All four were recalled on May 6, 2014.[5]

Petition language for the recall of Harris was approved on April 29, 2014. Harris maintained that he would appeal the decision to the Macomb County Circuit Court.[6]

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