Robert Dean recall (2008)
A recall campaign is being held against Rep. Robert Dean, D-Grand Rapids, for voting for the HB 5194 (income tax increase) and for the HB 5198 (the service tax).
Organization for recall
The Taxpayers to Recall State Representative Robert Dean is organizing the recall.
600 Broadway Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
RecallDean (at) michiganrecalls.com
A lawsuit, Ebbers v. Secretary of State, has been filed challenging the recall law that bars those from outside Dean's district from collecting signatures. The lawsuit was filed in Kent County Circuit Court and claims that the First Amendment is violated by the restriction of free political speech. A hearing was held on the lawsuit on February 5, 2008.
The group must gather 8,714 signatures in order to place the recall on the Aug. 5th ballot. The committee has hired college students living in the district to collect signatures. Out-of-district volunteers are helping them, despite being barred from collecting the signatures.