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Flint, Mich. — The man pushing recall efforts against Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says he along with volunteers have collected nearly 9,000 signatures in hopes of removing Weaver from office.
Arthur Woodson, the man behind the recall efforts, is expected to turn in recall petitions today at the Genesee County Clerk Office at 3 p.m.
Woodson launched his recall efforts in May to collect at 5,750 signatures to remove Weaver citing Flint’s controversial trash dispute as his reason for seeking recall.
“Enough is enough,” Woodson said. “The people of Flint need someone in office who is not tainted by the old regime. Flint has suffered enough and now Weaver’s administration is furthering the pain of the residents who have endured a water crisis for more than three years with city hall corruption.”
The signatures must first go to the Genesee County Clerks office to make sure the petitions were filled out properly. The County Clerk, John Gleason, then sends the petitions to Flint City Clerk Inez Brown’s office where each signature will be verified.
If at least 5,750 signatures are verified then Weaver along with Flint residents wanting to be the city’s leader names will go on the November 2017 ballot along with Flint City Council hopefuls.
According to Gleason, people wanting to compete for the mayor’s seat would have to collect 900 signatures to be put on the November ballot opposing Weaver for the mayor’s seat if signature collection is successful.
Weaver, who Flint Beat could not immediately reach for comment, will automatically appear on the ballot unless she withdraws.