Shiawassee County Commissioners, Michigan, 2010

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A petition to recall Dan Stewart, Jamie Pavlica, John Paitas, Gerald Cole, Bruce Robb, Jon Michael Fuja, Henriette Sparkes and Randy Colbry from their positions as officials of Shiawassee County began in late 2009. Seven of the eight officials are commissioners of Shiawassee, while Colbry is the county's elected prosecutor.

A petition to recall Commissioners Dan Stewart, Jaime Pavlica, John Paitas and Gerald Cole, along with Prosecutor Randy Colbry was approved for circulation on December 22, 2009 by the Shiawassee County Election Commission.[1] Recall petitions for the recall of Robb, Fuja and Sparkes are undergoing a petition clarity process.[2]

All seven commissioners are up for re-election in 2010. Prosecturo Colbry is up for re-election in 2012.

Reasons for recall

The language in the recall petitions states that the reasons for the recall effort include: “not complying with the laws concerning the PA 214, Veterans Relief Fund by delaying payments to veterans in emergency need, as evidenced by a motion passed to approve payments weekly; for releasing names of veterans who have received emergency funding violating the trust and expectation of privacy of those veterans; for cutting the PA214 Veterans Relief Fund millage by 50 percent at a time when the United States has two active war fronts and for denying the public information by holding a closed session contrary to the Open Meetings Act.”[1]

Path to the ballot

Circulators have 90 days following the approval of petition language to collect enough signatures to force a recall election. For Robb, 796 valid signatures from District 2 voters are required and 1,026 signatures from District 4 voters for Fuja.[2] If signatures are validated a recall election is expected to take place in May 2010.

Election costs

A special election is estimated to cost $25,000, whereas a regularly scheduled election, such as the August 2010 primary, would cost less.[2]

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