Stuart Bloomfield, Laura Grubaugh, Ron Lowry and Connie Methner recall, Jerome Township, Michigan (2014)
An effort to recall Jerome Township Supervisor Stuart Bloomfield, Treasurer Laura Grubaugh, Clerk Connie Methner, and Trustee Ron Lowry in Jerome Township, Michigan from their positions was launched in December 2013.
Jerome Township resident Alan Anger officially launched the recall effort against Bloomfield, Grubaugh and Lowry in January 2014 by filing a petition. The petition Anger filed with the Midland County election commission for approval cited as the reason for recall the officials' decision to levy a one percent administrative property tax.
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- See also: Laws governing recall in Michigan
A notice of intent to recall Bloomfield, Grubaugh, and Lowry was first filed on December 13, 2013. On January 2, 2014, the Midland County Election Commission approved the petition language, though there was some debate about the use of the word "tax" versus "fee." Bloomfield objected to the approval of the petition language, which included the word "tax." "I would simply say that I believe the word 'tax' is not factual. We have no authority to levy a tax," Bloomfield said.
The Midland County Clerk's Office validated the submitted petitions in late March 2014. The recall petition for each official required a minimum of 424 valid signatures. Bloomfield's petition contained 523 valid signatures, Grubaugh's contained 535, and Lowry's contained 521. The township clerk must also validate the petitions. If the township clerk also validates the petitions, the targeted officials will have 30 days to challenge any of the signatures. Then, barring any successful challenges by the targeted officials, a recall election would be scheduled for November 4, 2014.
On April 9, 2014, Michael Roberts filed a recall petition against Methner, citing as grounds for recall failure "to perform required Michigan statutory duties of the office of township clerk by not publishing the minutes of township board meetings held on December 2, 2013, January 13, 2014, and March 3, 2014." A clarity hearing was scheduled for April 22, 2014. Following this hearing, the Midland County Election Commission approved the recall on July 15, 2014. Methner is expected to appeal the ruling.
- Midland Daily News, "Midland County Election Commission OKs Jerome Township recall language," January 3, 2014
- Midland Daily News, "Jerome Township officials face recall," March 31, 2014
- Midland Daily News, "Methner faces possible recall in Midland County's Jerome Township," April 17, 2014
- Midland Daily News, "Election committee OKs Methner recall petition," July 19, 2014
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