Recalljanice.com: Troy mayor focus of campaign

Kate Opalewski
By | 2018-01-23T16:07:52-04:00 February 16th, 2012|News|

Recall signs for Troy Mayor Janice Daniels where seen at the very first protests outside city hall in December 2011 after Daniels anti-gay comments on her Facebook page where discovered by Troy high school students. BTL file photo: Andrew Potter

TROY – A newly formed Recall Janice Daniels group believes the citizens of Troy must take back their city from a “dangerous, polarizing ideologue.”
According to the group’s website (http://www.recalljanice.com/index.html, “In light of widespread clamor for a recall of Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, a few concerned citizens got together and decided to mount the effort.” Daniels has been the focus of citizens, both in Troy and nationwide, since students first noticed a Facebook post by the mayor that was anti-gay.
Last month, a poll by Main Street Strategies commissioned by the website Michigan Liberal showed 72 percent of Troy voters would support recalling Mayor Daniels.
The grass-roots group filed its committee paperwork last week with the Oakland County Clerk’s Office. Their goal as a political action committee is to raise funds for a planned recall effort against Mayor Daniels.
Though a recall petition cannot be filed until May, the biggest challenge in this effort will be the collection of signatures to put the recall question on the ballot. “We will need dozens of volunteers to help canvass neighborhoods. If you would like to help in this effort, please drop us an email to recalljanicedaniels@gmail.com,” reads a post on the group’s website.
Mayor Daniels has been the center of controversy since December when she posted an anti-gay statement on her Facebook page in June prior to being elected into office in November. She further upset citizens of Troy after voting against the Troy Transit Center. Later, she told the Troy High School Gay-Straight Alliance that the homosexual lifestyle is “dangerous” and wrote a lengthy position paper personally attacking city employees and council members.
It’s for these reasons, among others, that the group has decided to move forward with its plans to recall Mayor Daniels. On its website, the group stated: “We’re in the process of setting the recall up and composing recall language.”
Mayor Daniels told the Troy Patch last week that she is not concerned about the recall effort. “I don’t mind it. It’s an unnecessary distraction to the city, but I’m not worried about it,” said Mayor Daniels.
According to the Oakland County Clerk’s Office, the group has six months from when the language is approved to collect and file 7,985 valid signatures. Within those six months, signatures are only valid for 90 days. Recall signatures cannot be filed until Mayor Daniels has served at least six months, which means a recall election could be held as early as August.

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Kate Opalewski
Kate Opalewski is BTL's features editor and has been since 2015. She has covered a variety of topics ranging from art, politics and community outreach. Recently, she was honored by the Detroit Police Department LGBT Advisory Board for her work for the local LGBTQIA community.