Howard Rigg recall, Tekonsha, Michigan (2012)
Reasons for recall
Crystal Laskey spearheaded the recall effort against Rigg. Laskey is dating Village President Corey Wood. In 2011, Patty Wood, who is Corey Wood's ex-wife, resigned her seat on the village board. Laskey applied for the vacancy, but the process was stalled and she did not receive the appointment. Laskey says she organized the recall effort because, "At the April 18th, 2011 Council Meeting, Trustee Rigg offered to help two residents sue the Village of Tekonsha with his own resources, due to the fact they were not appointed the vacant Council Seat. Trustee Rigg publicized the personal life of a Council Member and current resident in the Battle Creek Enquirer dated May 15th, 2011."
Rigg's official statement on the ballot says, "No one offered to sue the Village of Tekonsha, only to seek a court mandate to fill the council vacancy in a timely manner," Rigg's response on the ballot reads. "Ms. Laskey applied for political office, and should expect that parts of her life, which would affect her ability to honestly and effectively carry out the duties of that office, should be public knowledge." In addition, Rigg says that Wood was ineligible to serve on the village board because he was in default on his taxes. Wood has since paid his taxes.
Rigg has filed a recall petition against Wood, saying, "If I can be recalled for telling the truth, I guess he can be recalled for defrauding the village."
Path to the ballot
Laskey successfully gathered more than the minimum 52 signatures by November 23rd, 2011. The recall question appeared on the February 28th presidential primary ballot in the village.