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Don Schwieman recall, Flushing Township, Michigan, 2010

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Don Schwieman was recalled from his position as Supervisor of Flushing Township in Genesee County, Michigan in an election that took place on February 23, 2010.[1] The petition was filed by Gerry Wood, a township resident and former town supervisor.

The recall effort was initiated after Schwieman was arrested for alleged drunken driving in Shiawassee County on September 3, 2009. Additionally, the recall language claimed that Schwieman has "misappropriated approximately $44,000 in township funds." The claim refers to a $44,000 payout to retired Chief Doug Kennedy.[2]

Election results

  • Votes to recall Schwieman: 1,136 (66.47%) Approveda
  • Votes to retain Schwieman: 573 (33.53%)
Election results from the Genessee County elections division

Police report

On September 3, 2009 Schwieman was arrested by Shiawassee County police for alleged drunken driving. According to the police report, a preliminary breathalyzer test revealed that the Township Supervisor was approximately three times over the legal limit.[2]

Supervisor pleads guilty

On November 16, 2009 the supervisor pleaded guilty to "impaired driving." Schwieman is expected to be sentenced in December. At the court hearing he said, "I was over the limit. Fortunately, two Michigan State Police officers saved me from doing damage, so I appreciate that...I haven't had a drink since. I won't. I made a mistake."[1]

Path to the ballot

In order to force a recall election supporters had to collect a minimum of 1,260 valid signatures.[3]

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