Randy Richardville recall, Michigan State Senate (2012)

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An effort to recall Randy Richardville, a member of the Republican Party, from his elected position representing District 17 in the Michigan State Senate was launched in the spring of 2012. It came on the heels of failed efforts to recall Richardville in 2011.

In January 2012, local tea party leaders publicly called for a recall of Richardville due to his stated opposition to right-to-work legislation.[1]

In early May 2012, petition language against Richardville was rejected in a 3-0 vote by officials in Monroe County because it was unclear. The petition's sponsor, Jeff Andring, had the option to appeal the decision or to reword the petition.[2]

Andring filed a second petition, which was again rejected 3-0 by the Elections Commission on May 22. The commission said the wording was not clear enough, while Andring called the decision “politically motivated.”[3]

On June 12, 2012, petition language against Richardville was approved. One of the reasons for recall listed on the petition was Richardville's support for a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.[4] The amount of signatures turned in was insufficient to advance the recall to a vote.

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