Grosse Pointe Shores City Council recall, Michigan, 2010

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A petition to recall members of the Grosse Pointe Shores City Council was filed on October 2, 2009 in Wayne County. The recall petition specifically targets Mayor James Cooper and council members Brian Hunt, Victoria Boyce, Robert Graziani and Frederick Minturn.

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.[1] An election is expected to be held in May 2010.

Path to the ballot

The Wayne County Election Commission approved the language in the petition on October 19, 2009.[2] 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.[3] Supporters turned in signatures and those signatures were under review by county election officials in February 2010.[4]

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.[5] Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett subsequently certified the adequacy of the petitions against Mayor Cooper and all four incumbent council members.[6]

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.[7]
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