Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Georgia: Hoschton Mayor, Councilman recall moving to the ballot with expected January vote

The recall of Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly and Councilman Jim Cleveland is now set to take place, with the Supreme Court declining to hear the appeal. The vote is expected in January. The article notes that this would be historic as Georgia's first recall of a Mayor, though that is not correct. In 2017, Meigs Mayor Linda Harris was kicked out in a recall vote.

The recall was launched after the revelation that Kenerly allegedly withheld consideration of a city administrator candidate because he was black. In an interview, Cleveland discussed his opposition to interracial marriage due to his "Christian beliefs." Georgia has a malfeasance standard rule and they claimed that the recall reasons do not meet the "for cause" requirement for a recall.

Petitioners handed in 270 signatures to push through the first stage of the recall they need 96 valids.

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