Patrick Colbeck recall, Michigan State Senate (2012)
Path to the ballot
Recall language targeting Colbeck for his support of the emergency financial manager law was approved by the Wayne County Clerks office in mid-August 2011. Petitioners had 180 days to gather 27,300 signatures in order to trigger a recall election. Recall organizer Mary Kelley said, "Our wording is simple. People don't want an unelected bureaucrat running their cities or schools."
The effort failed to collect enough signatures to be put on the November 2011 ballot. Recall organizers hoped to gather enough signatures to place the recall question on the February 2012 ballot, but abandoned the effort on February 7.
Recall leader Mary Kelley cited several reasons why the effort was dropped, including difficulties getting the organizational support and money necessary, strict recall rules, necessitating all signatures be collected within 90 days, and a lack of name recognition for Colbeck.
- Hometown Life, "Recall group drops effort to oust Colbeck," February 7, 2012
- Northville Patch, "The Recall Process," September 15, 2011
- Northville Patch, "Colbeck Recall Petition Approved But Will It Yield Results?," September 15, 2011
- Observer & Eccentric, "Group abandons Cavanagh recall," January 8, 2012