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Politics & Government
Tue July 17, 2012
Troy mayor Janice Daniels will face a recall vote this November
Despite Daniels' effort to stop the recall campaign, Oakland County officials certified more than the 7,985 petition signatures needed to place the recall question before voters on November 6.
The Detroit News reports 8,877 signatures were certified:
The challenge, which Daniels filed with the Oakland County Elections Office at 4:20 p.m. Thursday — 10 minutes before the deadline — resulted in the disqualification of five signatures, not enough to prevent the issue from going before voters.
Daniels became a controversial figure the moment she took office. She refused to recite a pledge to uphold the city's charter at her inauguration, she posted an anti-gay slur on Facebook prior to taking office, and she refused to accept federal money for a new transit center (Troy city council later approved a scaled-down version of the transit center despite Daniels' objections). "Recall Janice Daniels" organizers say they expect the mayor will be recalled by voters. From the Detroit Free Press:
"The recall campaign looks forward to the November ballot, when responsible leadership will be restored to the city of Troy," said petitioners from the group Recall Janice Daniels in a statement released late Monday evening.
Daniels has told the Free Press that continued conversation about her views on homosexuality is being foisted upon her. She previously said she would beat the recall effort.