Monday, October 20, 2008

Flint mayor a step closer to recall vote

Organizers of an effort to recall Flint Mayor Don Williamson have submitted more than 17,000 signatures. They need 8,004 valid signatures to force a recall vote on February 24.


  1. Are there any other contenders/candidates waiting in the wings that would be better?

    From that article, it sounds like Williamson came about after a previous mayor's recall. Don't know the history of this... so if anyone can enlighten me, I'm listening.

    Who will replace him?

  2. I'm assuming Dayne Walling, who narrowly lost to Williamson last time around, would be a candidate, but I haven't seen much on who would run.

    It would make sense for potential candidates to lay low during the recall effort to avoid looking like they are orchestrating a coup to take power.

  3. after reading the comments in the Flint Urinal, anyone short of Himmler or Goering would be welcome in Flint. the last I'd heard, the sponsors of the re-call effort lacked only around 3-4000 to boost his Highness out. They had gathered close to 17,000, if I'm right. Be interesting to watch anyways...

  4. I laughed so hard when I saw Mayor Williamson's statement on Channel 12 News this week about the recall being organized against him. He ended his media statement with something about having to go back to work. When he doesn't sit in his office at City Hall, he spends quite a bit of time at a restaurant/bar on the east side of Flint (maybe that's where he "works"). It's the truth because I've seen it myself.

  5. I s'ppose Don the Con's beverage of choice is a piledriver? got to used to drinking them in Jackson...


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