Bill McDonald recall, Bessemer Area Schools, Michigan (2014)

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An effort to recall Bill McDonald from his position on the Board of Education of Bessemer Area Schools in Michigan was launched in August 2013.[1] Supporters of the recall are currently circulating petitions in order to qualify the recall question for the ballot.

Recall supporter arguments

The recall effort is being led by another school board member, Sheri Graham. Graham levels the following allegations against McDonald:[1]

  • Intentionally lied at board meetings
  • Lied to voters about a May 2013 school bond issue McDonald opposed
  • Ignored district policy regarding contract bidding
  • Used foul language at board meetings.

Bill McDonald's response

McDonald denied all allegations other than using foul language, which he says all members on the board have used.[1]

McDonald previously ran for city council in the November 2013 election but received the least amount of votes.[1][2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Michigan

On August 20, 2013, the Gogebic County Election Commission, composed of probate judge Joel Massie, county clerk Gerry Pelissero and county treasurer Sue Pertile, rejected Graham's petition language for absence of factual basis. Graham indicated she would resubmit the petition after removing the parts that drew objection from the Commission.[1] The Commission approved revised language on October 18, 2013 that dropped allegations of lying at board meetings. Graham has 180 days after the approval date to gather 270 signatures. This total equals 25 percent of the number of people who voted in McDonald's district in the 2010 gubernatorial election. If sufficient petitions are received and approved, the earliest date possible for a recall election is May 2014.[3] The district's business manager estimates the cost of a May recall election at $3,500.[4]

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