James Bolger recall, Michigan House of Representatives (2011)

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An effort to recall James Bolger, a member of the Republican Party, from his elected position representing District 63 in the Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2011. On May 10, Autumn Smith submitted language to the Calhoun County Clerk citing Bolger's support for cutting school funding and legislation easing restrictions on voiding public employee contracts.[1]

The Election Commission rejected the petition on May 25, saying the language was unclear and relied too much on opinion.[2] Smith turned in six additional language submissions in June, one of which was to have been considered at a hearing on June 24. The day before it was to occur, Bolger's lawyers were granted a Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction against the election commission, effectively stopping the hearing.[3]

On August 30, Smith announced she was frustrated by the legal process and was ending her recall efforts against Bolger.[4] Just days later, Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Conrad Sindt rejected Bolger's arguments, allowing the recall process to continue. Smith said she would continue to help if someone else leads the campaign, but that she no longer had the time or resources to lead it herself.[5]

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