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Jun 15

Act 116 of 1954

Comments (0) 4:00 PM posted by admin |

In the past forty-eight or so hours, I’ve received nineteen emails regarding recall petitions that were filed with the County Clerk’s office some time on Monday.

Seventeen of those asked if I had any insider information as to what group was behind this.

One wished me well and hoped that I didn’t get recalled.

One accused me of being the mastermind behind it.

A recall, like a City Income Tax, is bad policy. We shouldn’t be asking voters to weigh in on bad policy. With that said, the State constitution clearly affords citizens the right to recall any elected official and I would never try and curtail anyone’s rights.

Recall elections usually never end well. They serve to drive away good candidates for future elections. They make candidates weak and susceptible to the influence of interest groups. They further embolden the ruling party. And most importantly, they often result in the election of aging-action heroes to run the fifth largest economy in the world.

The County Clerk’s office says that it normally takes a full year for a recall to make it onto the ballot. Word on the street is that half of the recall is invalid anyway. Both Mayor Pro-Tem Swanson and Councilmember Nickels were re-elected this past November. This negates any complaints made about their actions in prior terms.

So what does this mean for Ypsilanti?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but the odds are it won’t be good.

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