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{{Recall}}{{tnr}}A petition to '''recall members of the Grosse Pointe Shores City Council''' was filed on [[BC2009#October|October 2, 2009]] in [[Wayne County, Michigan ballot measures|Wayne County]]. The recall petition specifically targets Mayor James Cooper and council members Brian Hunt, Victoria Boyce, Robert Graziani and Frederick Minturn.  
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{{Recall}}{{tnr}}An election about whether to '''recall James Cooper, Vicki Boyce and Robert Graziani''' from their positions on the Grosse Pointe Shores City Council took place on [[May 4, 2010 ballot measures in Michigan|May 4, 2010]]. Cooper is the Mayor of Grosse Point Shores and Boyce and Graziani serve as members of the city council.<ref>[http://www.candgnews.com/Homepage-Articles/2010/02-24-2010/Grosse-Pointe-recall.asp ''C and G News'', "County certifies Shores recall petitions"]</ref>  Since they were not recalled, their terms will expire in November 2011, at which time any of the three could run for re-election.<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20100502/NEWS05/5020461/1322/Decision-day-nears-for-3 ''Detroit Free Press'', "Decision day nears for 3"]</ref>
  
The recall effort is led by Dr. Robert E. Lee, a local resident. According to Lee, the petition targets council members who voted for a 1-mill property tax increase in June 2009.<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20091003/NEWS02/910030358/1001/News/Recall-petition-filed-over-Grosse-Pointe-Shores-tax-hike ''Detroit Free Press'',"Recall petition filed over Grosse Pointe Shores tax hike," October 3, 2009]</ref> An election is expected to be held in [[BC2010#May|May 2010]].
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All three city officials '''retained their seats''' in the May 4 election:<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20100505/NEWS05/5050462/Recall-effort-against-3-GP-Shores-officials-fails ''Detroit Free Press'', "Recall effort against 3 GP Shores officials fails", May 5, 2010]</ref>
  
==Path to the ballot==
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<u>'''James Cooper:'''</u>
The Wayne County Election Commission approved the language in the petition on [[BC2009#October|October 19, 2009]].<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20091020/NEWS02/910200354/1322/Recall-language-approved-for-2-Wayne-County-cities ''Detroit Free Press'',"Recall language approved for 2 Wayne County cities," October 20, 2009]</ref> In order to qualify the petition for a recall election recall supporters must collect a minimum of 400 valid signatures within 180 days of the petition language being approved.<ref>[http://www.detnews.com/article/20091026/METRO01/910260322/1409/METRO/Effort-to-recall-Grosse-Pointe-Shores-council-moves-forward ''The Detroit News'',"Effort to recall Grosse Pointe Shores council moves forward," October 26, 2009]</ref> Supporters turned in signatures and those signatures were under review by county election officials in February 2010.<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20100206/NEWS05/2060309/1322/Local-news-in-brief ''Detroit Free Press'', "Final count on recall petitions due Wednesday", February 6, 2010]</ref>
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* Votes to recall: 643 {{defeated}}
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* Votes to keep: 683
  
The recall effort needs 390 valid signatures for each targeted city council member.  The recall campaign turned in 466 signatures to recall Hunt and 488 to recall Cooper.<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20100211/NEWS02/2110612/1001/News/Grosse-Pointe-Shores-recall-effort-gets-signatures-OKd ''Detroit Free Press'', "Grosse Pointe Shores recall effort gets signatures OK'd", February 11, 2010]</ref> Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett subsequently certified the adequacy of the petitions against Mayor Cooper and all four incumbent council members.<ref>[http://www.grossepointenews.com/Articles-i-2010-02-18-242449.112112_Recall_signatures_meet_threshold.html Grosse Pointe News, "Recall signatures meet threshold", February  18, 2010] </ref>
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<u>'''Victoria Boyce:'''</u>
  
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* Votes to recall: 642 {{defeated}}
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* Votes to keep: 682
  
Brian Hunt and Fred Minturn resigned from office after the petitions were filed. An election will be held on May 4th, 2010 to determine whether Mayor James Cooper and council members Victoria Boyce and Robert Graziani will be recalled.<ref>[http://www.grossepointenews.com/Articles-i-2010-02-25-242478.114135_Recall_targets_resign.html Grosse Pointe News, "Recall targets resign", February 25, 2010]</ref>
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<u>'''Robert Graziani:'''</u>
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* Votes to recall: 618 {{defeated}}
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* Votes to keep: 707
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==Recall background==
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The recall effort began in the [[Wayne County, Michigan ballot measures|Wayne County]] municipality on [[BC2009#October|October 2, 2009]].  City council members Brian Hunt and Frederick Minturn were among the original recall targets, but they resigned their posts in February 2010.<ref>[http://www.grossepointenews.com/Articles-i-2010-02-25-242478.114135_Recall_targets_resign.html Grosse Pointe News, "Recall targets resign", February 25, 2010]</ref>
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City council members Ted Kedzierski and Dan Schulte are not targeted in the recall.<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20100316/NEWS05/100317004/1320/Grosse-Pointe-Shores-City-Council-did-not-fill-two-seats ''Detroit Free Press'', "Grosse Pointe Shores City Council did not fill two seats", March 16, 2010]</ref>
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The recall effort is led by Dr. Robert E. Lee, a local resident. His motivation for starting the recall is the fact that the targeted politicians voted for a 1-mill property tax increase in June 2009.<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20091003/NEWS02/910030358/1001/News/Recall-petition-filed-over-Grosse-Pointe-Shores-tax-hike ''Detroit Free Press'',"Recall petition filed over Grosse Pointe Shores tax hike," October 3, 2009]</ref> An election is expected to be held in [[BC2010#May|May 2010]].
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==Recall support==
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Recall organizer Robert E. Lee said he felt misled by the city council's 2009 tax increase. Lee said, "People are fed up with higher taxes," and that the recall vote is a way to send that message to local politicians.<ref>[http://www.detnews.com/article/20100430/POLITICS02/4300364/1024/POLITICS03/Tax-hikes--recall-on-Metro-Detroit-ballots ''Detroit News'', "Tax hikes, recall on Metro ballot"]</ref>
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==Recall opposition==
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* Recall opponents launched a website to advocate for a "no" vote on the recall questions.<Ref>[http://www.candgnews.com/Homepage-Articles/2010/04-07-2010/Recall-opponents-campaign.asp ''C&G News'', "Recall opponents mount own campaign"]</ref>
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* The editorial board of the Detroit News urged the paper's readers to vote "no" on the recall, saying, "...recall supporters point to the fact that the city has been placed on the state Treasury Department's watch list of financially distressed municipalities. All of these issues are legitimate grounds for political debate and discussion. But a recall will not quickly solve these issues.<ref>[http://www.detnews.com/article/20100429/OPINION01/4290335/1008/Editorial--Don-t-recall-Grosse-Pointe-Shores-mayor-and-council-members ''Detroit News'', "Don't recall Grosse Pointe Shores mayor and council members", April 29, 2010]</ref>
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==Path to the ballot==
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The Wayne County Election Commission approved the language in the petition on [[BC2009#October|October 19, 2009]].<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20091020/NEWS02/910200354/1322/Recall-language-approved-for-2-Wayne-County-cities ''Detroit Free Press'',"Recall language approved for 2 Wayne County cities," October 20, 2009]</ref> In order to qualify the petition for a recall election, supporters had to collect a minimum of 400 valid signatures for each recall target within 180 days of the day that the petition language was approved.<ref>[http://www.detnews.com/article/20091026/METRO01/910260322/1409/METRO/Effort-to-recall-Grosse-Pointe-Shores-council-moves-forward ''The Detroit News'',"Effort to recall Grosse Pointe Shores council moves forward," October 26, 2009]</ref>
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The recall campaign turned in 466 signatures to recall Hunt and 488 to recall Cooper in early February 2010.<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20100211/NEWS02/2110612/1001/News/Grosse-Pointe-Shores-recall-effort-gets-signatures-OKd ''Detroit Free Press'', "Grosse Pointe Shores recall effort gets signatures OK'd", February 11, 2010]</ref> Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett subsequently certified the adequacy of the petitions against Mayor Cooper and all four incumbent council members.<ref>[http://www.grossepointenews.com/Articles-i-2010-02-18-242449.112112_Recall_signatures_meet_threshold.html Grosse Pointe News, "Recall signatures meet threshold", February 18, 2010] </ref>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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* [[Recall campaigns in Michigan]]
 
* [[Recall campaigns in Michigan]]
 
* [[Political recall efforts, 2010]]
 
* [[Political recall efforts, 2010]]
 
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* [[City council recalls]]
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* [[Mayoral recalls]]
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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* [http://www.shoresrecall.com/ Official Shores Recall website]
 
* [http://www.shoresrecall.com/ Official Shores Recall website]
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* [http://www.votenorecall.com Vote No Recall]
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* [http://www.freep.com/section/news150101 Election results]
  
 
==Additional reading==
 
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An election about whether to recall James Cooper, Vicki Boyce and Robert Graziani from their positions on the Grosse Pointe Shores City Council took place on May 4, 2010. Cooper is the Mayor of Grosse Point Shores and Boyce and Graziani serve as members of the city council.[1] Since they were not recalled, their terms will expire in November 2011, at which time any of the three could run for re-election.[2]

All three city officials retained their seats in the May 4 election:[3]

James Cooper:

  • Votes to recall: 643 Defeatedd
  • Votes to keep: 683

Victoria Boyce:

  • Votes to recall: 642 Defeatedd
  • Votes to keep: 682

Robert Graziani:

  • Votes to recall: 618 Defeatedd
  • Votes to keep: 707

Recall background

The recall effort began in the Wayne County municipality on October 2, 2009. City council members Brian Hunt and Frederick Minturn were among the original recall targets, but they resigned their posts in February 2010.[4]

City council members Ted Kedzierski and Dan Schulte are not targeted in the recall.[5]

The recall effort is led by Dr. Robert E. Lee, a local resident. His motivation for starting the recall is the fact that the targeted politicians voted for a 1-mill property tax increase in June 2009.[6] An election is expected to be held in May 2010.

Recall support

Recall organizer Robert E. Lee said he felt misled by the city council's 2009 tax increase. Lee said, "People are fed up with higher taxes," and that the recall vote is a way to send that message to local politicians.[7]

Recall opposition

  • Recall opponents launched a website to advocate for a "no" vote on the recall questions.[8]
  • The editorial board of the Detroit News urged the paper's readers to vote "no" on the recall, saying, "...recall supporters point to the fact that the city has been placed on the state Treasury Department's watch list of financially distressed municipalities. All of these issues are legitimate grounds for political debate and discussion. But a recall will not quickly solve these issues.[9]

Path to the ballot

The Wayne County Election Commission approved the language in the petition on October 19, 2009.[10] In order to qualify the petition for a recall election, supporters had to collect a minimum of 400 valid signatures for each recall target within 180 days of the day that the petition language was approved.[11]

The recall campaign turned in 466 signatures to recall Hunt and 488 to recall Cooper in early February 2010.[12] Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett subsequently certified the adequacy of the petitions against Mayor Cooper and all four incumbent council members.[13]

See also

External links

Additional reading

References