Grosse Pointe Shores City Council recall, Michigan, 2010
All three city officials retained their seats in the May 4 election:
The recall effort began in the Wayne County municipality on October 2, 2009. City council members Brian Hunt and Frederick Minturn were among the original recall targets, but they resigned their posts in February 2010.
City council members Ted Kedzierski and Dan Schulte are not targeted in the recall.
The recall effort is led by Dr. Robert E. Lee, a local resident. His motivation for starting the recall is the fact that the targeted politicians voted for a 1-mill property tax increase in June 2009. An election is expected to be held in May 2010.
Recall organizer Robert E. Lee said he felt misled by the city council's 2009 tax increase. Lee said, "People are fed up with higher taxes," and that the recall vote is a way to send that message to local politicians.
- Recall opponents launched a website to advocate for a "no" vote on the recall questions.
- The editorial board of the Detroit News urged the paper's readers to vote "no" on the recall, saying, "...recall supporters point to the fact that the city has been placed on the state Treasury Department's watch list of financially distressed municipalities. All of these issues are legitimate grounds for political debate and discussion. But a recall will not quickly solve these issues.
Path to the ballot
The Wayne County Election Commission approved the language in the petition on October 19, 2009. In order to qualify the petition for a recall election, supporters had to collect a minimum of 400 valid signatures for each recall target within 180 days of the day that the petition language was approved.
The recall campaign turned in 466 signatures to recall Hunt and 488 to recall Cooper in early February 2010. Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett subsequently certified the adequacy of the petitions against Mayor Cooper and all four incumbent council members.
- C and G News,"Impassioned Shores residents address recall effort," retrieved October 28, 2009
- Grosse Pointe News, "Recall signatures meet threshold", February 18, 2010
- Grosse Pointe News, "Recall targets resign", February 25, 2010
- ↑ C and G News, "County certifies Shores recall petitions"
- ↑ Detroit Free Press, "Decision day nears for 3"
- ↑ Detroit Free Press, "Recall effort against 3 GP Shores officials fails", May 5, 2010
- ↑ Grosse Pointe News, "Recall targets resign", February 25, 2010
- ↑ Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe Shores City Council did not fill two seats", March 16, 2010
- ↑ Detroit Free Press,"Recall petition filed over Grosse Pointe Shores tax hike," October 3, 2009
- ↑ Detroit News, "Tax hikes, recall on Metro ballot"
- ↑ C&G News, "Recall opponents mount own campaign"
- ↑ Detroit News, "Don't recall Grosse Pointe Shores mayor and council members", April 29, 2010
- ↑ Detroit Free Press,"Recall language approved for 2 Wayne County cities," October 20, 2009
- ↑ The Detroit News,"Effort to recall Grosse Pointe Shores council moves forward," October 26, 2009
- ↑ Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe Shores recall effort gets signatures OK'd", February 11, 2010
- ↑ Grosse Pointe News, "Recall signatures meet threshold", February 18, 2010