Recall of Flint mayor to be decided in November election - WNEM TV 5

Recall of Flint mayor to be decided in November election

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver (Source: WNEM) Flint Mayor Karen Weaver (Source: WNEM)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The petition to recall Flint Mayor Karen Weaver received enough signatures to move forward.

The issue will be decided in the November election, the Genesee County Clerk's Office said.

The petition needed 5,750 valid signatures in order for an election to be called. The petition had 5,870 valid signatures.

The results come after Weaver challenged more than 1,000 of the signatures. She said they were invalid on the petition and should be removed.

Arthur Woodson, the man behind the recall effort, said he wants Weaver out of office for several reasons but mainly for selecting Rizzo Environmental Services to collect the city's trash. It's a deal Woodson said smelled bad from the start.

"If you went from beginning to end, you would see all the different lies that Rizzo was telling," Woodson said.

Weaver's recommendation that Rizzo would be awarded the city's trash collection contract led to a trash pick-up war with Republic Services, which was set to lose the contract. Since then officials with Rizzo have been connected to a public corruption case in metro Detroit.

From there Woodson said he lost all confidence in Weaver, who he said he originally helped get elected.

"We helped her with her campaign. We were at all the polling sites and we told her we want you to get in here and really help the people. And we felt like that wasn't done," Woodson said.

In the recall challenged submitted by Weaver, she claimed more than 1,000 signatures and addresses collected by Woodson and his team of petitioners were forged and lack validity and genuineness.

A forensic document analyst hired by Weaver said he found at least 300 additional names, signatures and dates that were altered.

Police are also looking into a claim that people who signed the petition were duped into thinking they were signing something else.

"We have 9,000 signatures and I wasn't with everyone. So I can't give you a definite answer," Woodson said.

The recall petition survived review by the county clerk and the election will be held on Nov. 7.

Woodson said as of now he has no plans to be a part of that election.

"If I see that we will get someone that would take a worse than where we are now, I would put my hat in the ring," Woodson said.

Weaver said she is going to continue doing the job she was elected to do. Her name will appear on the ballot at the incumbent.

Candidates interested in running for the petition have to file by Aug. 14. You can file at the city of Flint Clerk's Office during business hours by submitting a petition with a minimum of 40 signatures and a maximum of 80 signatures. Or you can pay a $100 nonrefundable fee.

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