Ted Johnson, Leo Latus, and Rick Hall recall, Hartford, Michigan (2012)
An effort to recall Ted Johnson, Leo "Bud" Latus, and Rick Hall from their elected positions in the Hartford, Michigan city government was launched in June 2012. The recall effort was abandoned in August 2012 after recall organizers failed to submit signatures. Johnson serves as mayor while Latus and Hall are members of the city council.
Reasons for recall
Jeff Fuller was the leader in the recall effort. The catalyst for recall was the city's judicial fight against a city charter change that was approved by voters in November 2011. The ballot measure, which passed 137-134, amended the charter so that a two-thirds vote is needed by residents in order to amend city ordinances. Johnson, Latus, and Hall voted to attempt to have the charter change invalidated in court.
Path to the ballot
Recall petition language was approved by the Van Buren County Elections Commission on June 13. In order to force a recall election, recall organizers needed to submit 124 signatures on each petition by August 3. Signatures were not submitted, and the recall effort came to an end.