Dayne Walling recall, Flint, Michigan (2010)
An effort to recall Dayne Walling from his position as Mayor of Flint, Michigan, began in March 2010. Signatures to force a recall were submitted. Election officials disqualified signatures to the point where the number of remaining valid signatures was not sufficient to trigger a recall election. This determination was challenged in court by recall supporters. The court agreed with the determination of election officials and therefore, a recall election did not take place.
David Davenport led the recall. Davenport, a member of the Flint Community School Board, was himself the target of a recall campaign. Davenport says, ""For him to come in and take away their public safety and everything that makes them feel like citizens, he does not deserve to be there."
Walling responded to the accusations, saying, "These false claims are a waste of everyone's time. They're being promoted by a vengeful individual who obviously has too much time on his own hands."
If the Walling recall had made it to the ballot, Walling would have been the third Flint mayor since 2002 to face a recall. Voters recalled Woodrow Stanley was recalled in 2002. Don Williamson resigned from office in February 2009 days before a scheduled recall vote.
Path to the ballot
8,004 valid signatures were required to force a recall vote.
The Genesee County Elections Commission approved Davenport's petition language to recall Flint Mayor Dayne Walling on April 6. The approved recall petition cites "laying off police department and fire department personnel" as the motivation for the recall.
Carpenter filed new language with the elections commission on May 3. The language submitted in May says, "Mayor Walling is robbing the budget and making Flint unsafe. He is terrorizing Flint citizens, especially seniors, by not supplying enough police protection. Mayor Walling is making Flint unhealthy by not providing adequate garbage pickup."
A clarity hearing on May 18 allowed the collection of signatures to commence
Recall supporters filed 14,341 signatures. Election officials said that 8,267 were valid. Walling challenged this, saying that some of the signatures that election officials ruled as valid were in fact invalid.
Complaints about fraud in the signature-gathering effort were made by former state Rep. Jack Minore, D-Flint, and the Rev. Seon Thompson of Refuge Temple Church in Mt. Morris Township. Minore and Thompson said that they had been approached by circulators who asked them to sign the recall petition and said that the petition was to get more police and firefighters.
- Recall campaigns in Michigan
- Political recall efforts, 2010
- Mayoral recalls
- Genesee County, Michigan ballot measures
- Flint Journal, "Flint school board member withdraws recall language for Genesee County Prosecutor," March 29, 2010
- ABC, "Committee to Recall Dayne Walling loses ballot battle," September 17, 2010
- ABC 12, "Walling recall backers gather petition signatures," April 16, 2010
- Flint Journal, "Former city official files recall petition language against Flint Mayor Dayne Walling," May 4, 2010
- Flint Journal, "Walling third Flint Mayor since 2002 to face recall," July 29, 2010
- Flint Journal, "Commission approves recall language against Flint Mayor Dayne Walling," April 6, 2010
- Flint Journal, "Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says he plans to challenge recall attempt," August 22, 2010
- Flint Journal, "Two more complaints filed about recall effort against Flint Mayor Dayne Walling," July 26, 2010