Emile Duplessis, Paul Levine, and Angela Diggs Jackson recall, Oak Park, Michigan (2012)
An effort to recall Emile Duplessis, Paul Levine, and Angela Diggs Jackson from their elected positions on the Oak Park, Michigan city council was launched in May 2012. The recall effort did not result in a recall election.
Reasons for recall
The recall effort was initiated in the midst of a public dispute over the construction of a new city complex. In August 2010, voters approved a $13.45 million bond to construct and repair various city buildings. In April 2012, the city council voted to approve a reduced budget to proceed with public construction projects. At the same time, the city laid of 15 police officers to assist with a $3 million budget deficit. City officials say the $13 million collected in the 2010 millage can't be used for anything but the approved buildings, and that the bond has to be paid off regardless of whether any buildings are constructed. Recall target Angela Diggs Jackson says, "we should do what the citizens voted for."
Geneva Connors is the president of Save Oak Park, the group that initiated the recall effort. Connors said she believes it is wrong to use money from the general fund to pay for new buildings, especially since the city has laid off some of the police officers who would have worked in the new buildings.
Path to the ballot
Petition language was approved on May 1 by the Oakland County Elections Commission. Recall organizers had 90 days to collect the signatures of 25% of district residents who voted in the last gubernatorial election. That amounted to 2,600 signatures for each recall target. Signatures were never submitted, and the recall effort came to an end.