Grosse Pointe Shores City Council recall, Michigan, 2010

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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 is scheduled for May 4, 2010. Cooper is the Mayor of Grosse Point Shores and Boyce and Graziani serve as members of the city council.[1] If they are not recalled, their terms will expire in November 2011.[2]

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.[3]

City council members Ted Kedzierski and Dan Schulte are not targeted in the recall.[4]

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

Recall opposition

  • Recall opponents launched a website to advocate for a "no" vote on the recall questions.[6]
  • 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.[7]

Path to the ballot

The Wayne County Election Commission approved the language in the petition on October 19, 2009.[8] 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.[9]

The recall campaign turned in 466 signatures to recall Hunt and 488 to recall Cooper in early February 2010.[10] Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett subsequently certified the adequacy of the petitions against Mayor Cooper and all four incumbent council members.[11]

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  1. C and G News, "County certifies Shores recall petitions"
  2. Detroit Free Press, "Decision day nears for 3"
  3. Grosse Pointe News, "Recall targets resign", February 25, 2010
  4. Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe Shores City Council did not fill two seats", March 16, 2010
  5. Detroit Free Press,"Recall petition filed over Grosse Pointe Shores tax hike," October 3, 2009
  6. C&G News, "Recall opponents mount own campaign"
  7. Detroit News, "Don't recall Grosse Pointe Shores mayor and council members", April 29, 2010
  8. Detroit Free Press,"Recall language approved for 2 Wayne County cities," October 20, 2009
  9. The Detroit News,"Effort to recall Grosse Pointe Shores council moves forward," October 26, 2009
  10. Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe Shores recall effort gets signatures OK'd", February 11, 2010
  11. Grosse Pointe News, "Recall signatures meet threshold", February 18, 2010