Pegge Adams recall, Genesee County, Michigan (2014)

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An effort to recall Commissioner Pegge Adams in Genesee County, Michigan, from her position was launched in October 2013. Recall supporters argued that Adams failed to investigate Animal Control shelter violations of state laws and regulations.

Specifically, the recall stemmed from a July 2013 investigation when Adams looked into an incident where an employee at the Animal Control shelter allegedly told a man that he could only leave the dogs if he signed a card requesting that they be euthanized and not put up for adoption. Euthanasia was temporarily suspended. Adams argued that there was insufficient evidence to prove anything. Recall supporters argued otherwise.[1][2] After two attempts to recall Adams, the effort ultimately did not go to a vote.[3]

Adams' response

In response to the recall effort Adams said that the petition language was vague and she planned to appeal the Election Commission's decision in October 2013 to approve the language in Genesee Circuit Court.

"While there is a petition for my recall...this conflict began long before I took office, and may continue long after I leave public service. At issue is whether individuals or groups have the right to constantly second-guess, harass, and destroy the reputations of professionals who must do this difficult work because they disagree with them," she said.

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Michigan
  • October 22, 2013 - the Genessee County Election Commission approved recall language. Language was filed by Davison Township resident William Heatley. The Election Commission voted 2-1 to allow Heatley to begin collecting the signatures of voters in county commission District 9.[4]
  • December 9, 2013 - Circuit Judge Joseph Farah reversed the Board of Elections' October 22 decision, saying Michigan's recall law mandates that "petition language to be both clear and factual, also require by inference that it also be truthful -- a burden he ruled the petitioners didn't meet."[5]
  • January 28, 2014 - the Genesee County Elections Commission rejected a second attempt to recall county Commissioner Pegge Adams[3]

If the language had been approved and sufficient signatures had been collected, the election would have taken place sometime in 2014. Recall supporters were required to collect a minimum of 3,538 signatures, 25 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election in District 3, to trigger a recall.[4]

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