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Charlevoix City Council recall, Charlevoix, Michigan (2013)

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A vote about whether to recall three members of the Charlevoix, Michigan, city council took place on May 7, 2013. All three targeted officials were recalled from office.[1] The recall effort was launched in November 2012.[2][3] The three recalled city council members were Jill Picha, Bryan Vollmer and Dennis Kusina.[4]

Reasons for recall

The three petition sponsors were Julee Roth, Jeffrey Porter, and Gabe Campbell. The petition language faulted the recall targets for their participation in a special meeting on August 9 at which the city council approved construction of a community fireplace in East Park. Recall supporters alleged that the meeting was a violation of the Open Meetings Act. The petition against Picha accused her of failing to enforce a city ordinance regarding the collection of debris from the city’s streets.[3]

Recall results

Dennis Kusina recall

C Charlevoix Wl Council
ResultVotesPercentage
DefeateddDennis Kusina 135 41.16%
ApprovedaJeffrey Porter 193 58.84%
Election results via: Charlevoix County Services & Information Center (May 7, 2013 Election Summary, Accessed: August 29, 2013)

Bryan Vollmer recall

C Charlevoix W2 Council
ResultVotesPercentage
ApprovedaGabe Campbell 116 68.24%
DefeateddBryan Vollmer 54 31.76%
Election results via: Charlevoix County Services & Information Center (May 7, 2013 Election Summary, Accessed: August 29, 2013)

Jill Picha recall

C Charlevoix W3 Council
ResultVotesPercentage
ApprovedaShirley Gibson 119 54.59%
DefeateddJill Picha 76 34.86%
DefeateddDennis Halverson 22 10.09%
DefeateddWrite-Ins 1 0.46%
Election results via: Charlevoix County Services & Information Center (May 7, 2013 Election Summary, Accessed: August 29, 2013)

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Michigan

On December 10, the Charlevoix County Election Commission approved petition language.[3] The signature submission deadline was February 1, 2013, in order to prompt a recall election in May 2013.[5] The petition against Vollmer was filed on January 18, the petition against Picha was filed on January 26, and the petition against Kusina was filed on January 29. Sufficient signatures were verified on all three recall petitions.[6] A recall election took place on May 7, 2013. All three recall targets were recalled and replaced with new city councilors.[1]

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