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Lincoln Consolidated School District recall, Michigan (2014)

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An effort to recall four members of the Lincoln Board of Education in Michigan was initiated on April 30, 2014. Recall organizer Tom Rollins Sr. is currently awaiting approval of ballot language against board members Kimberly Samuelson, Yoline Williams, David McMahon and Connie Newton before gathering petitions from district residents.[1]

Recall supporter arguments

Rollins, the head of the Lincoln Parent Political Action Committee, initiated the recall effort due to the district's recent financial struggles. The district has been assigned a Deficit Elimination Plan by state officials after running out of savings. Rollins argued in an interview with The Ann Arbor News that the current board has not held district administrators accountable for bad financial decisions and a new board is necessary to guide the district out of the state-required plan. The recall effort did not target board members Gregory Gurka, Jennifer LaBombarbe and Jennifer Czachorski because their terms expire this year.[1]

Kimberly Samuelson's response

Samuelson provided the following response to the recall effort to The Ann Arbor News:

We understand, support and encourage change through the democratic process...Without question, the past several months have been difficult and challenging for the district and our community is passionately concerned about quick resolution, rightly so. To that end, we do have an approved DEP and all of our unions deserve enormous credit for their courage and commitment to LCS for their concessions contribution. We could not have obtained an approvable DEP without their sacrifice. Additionally, we are in the process of providing systemic changes in the way we do business including securing expert financial support, an initiative encouraged by MDE. This includes but is not limited to an improved strategic plan, zero based budgeting and implementing process safety mechanisms that will provide a financially stable and healthy district for years to come.

We continue to hear from differing perspectives and are sensitive to all positions. Collaboration with all stakeholders is our priority.


The Ann Arbor News, 2014, [1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Michigan

Recall organizers submitted recall petitions for Samuelson, McMahon and Newton to the Wasthenaw County Election Commission. They are submitting petitions against Williams with the Wayne County Clerk because she resides in Wayne County. Organizers need to collect signatures from 2,460 registered voters, which equals 25 percent of all votes in the district during the previous gubernatorial election. County election officials will review the signatures before approving a recall election. The petitions would need to be submitted by August 1, 2014 in order to qualify for the November 2014 general election ballot.[1][3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Ann Arbor News, "Lincoln schools advocates seek recall of Board of Education," May 9, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Michigan Secretary of State, "Election Official's Manual," January 2014