Monday, July 15, 2013

Michigan: Onaway mayor and two commissioners facing recall vote in November

The recall of Onaway mayor Gary Wregglesworth and commissioners Jessie Horrocks and Charles Abshagen will be on the ballot on November 5th. However, replacement candidates only have until Monday to file petitions. Of particular note is that both of the commissioners would be on the ballot anyway, as their term ends in December.

This would be the first recall under the new Michigan law (hence the November date). The race will be a straight election, with the official and any challengers facing off directly.
There is also petitions facing a hearing for the two other commissioners, Bernie Schmeltzer and Ron Horrocks. The recall is based on the decision to not rehire the Onaway police chief (and lone police officer), as the city entered into an agreement with the county for policing.

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