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Update: Troy Mayor recall efforts reaches major milestone
By Kate Opalewski
Originally printed 4/19/2012 (Issue 2016 - Between The Lines News)
The Recall Janice Daniels group has until June 15 to gather the required signatures and they have reached a major milestone in the first three weeks of that effort. More than 33 percent of the 7,895 signatures have been collected and verified to remove Troy Mayor Janice Daniels from office.
The group started collecting signatures in March and community reception to the recall effort has been overwhelmingly supportive, according to John Kulesz, a local attorney, longtime resident of Troy and volunteer for the campaign. "We're thrilled. People are thanking us for our actions and are actively seeking us out to sign the petition, including former supporters of the mayor and remorseful voters," said Kulesz.
More than 80 dedicated volunteers and signature collectors are at the Troy Public Library every Saturday and Sunday during normal library hours for at least the next three weeks. They are also canvassing the neighborhoods, going door-to-door to give people as many opportunities to sign the petition as possible.
"The team is grateful for the dedication and determination of all its volunteers and welcomes all concerned citizens to join in this effort," said Kulesz. "Once the signatures are certified by the Oakland County clerk's office and this is on the ballot and the mayor is recalled then the city charter will take over. The remaining council are empowered to select a replacement who would fill the position until the next regularly scheduled election, either next August or November."
The group has received some criticism from the mayor's supporters, mostly in the form of name calling. "We have the mayor's supporters' show up to the library while we collect signatures with protest signs. On one particular Saturday, three of Daniels' supporters held signs that read 'Support Janice Daniels' and 'Janice Daniels is an American Hero,'" said Kulesz.
When Mayor Daniels was contacted about the news and asked what she was feeling, she said, "I love the City of Troy. I always have and I always will."
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