Group files with county to form ‘Recall Daniels’ PAC

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published February 15, 2012

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An effort to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels is officially under way after a group registered with the county to raise funds for the effort.

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Described on their Facebook page as a grass-roots organization dedicated to restoring competent leadership to Troy, a group that calls itself Recall Janice Daniels filed paperwork with the Oakland County Clerk’s Office to form a political action committee. Formation date for the PAC is listed as Feb. 4.

Matthew Binkowski, listed as treasurer for the PAC, could not be reached for comment.

Daniels said she would not be distracted by the recall effort.

“My focus is on outreach to the business and residential communities in an effort to provide full disclosure to the Troy taxpayers on how their tax dollars are being spent and in promoting the many benefits of living, working and playing in Troy,” Daniels said in an email.

By law, the group may not begin collecting signatures on petitions until six months after the November 2011 election that Daniels won.

Troy City Clerk Aileen Bittner explained that the Oakland County Elections Division handles recall efforts, and the Troy City Clerk’s Office would assist with checking signatures on petitions. The county must approve petition language, which may not be submitted until the six months has passed, Bittner said.

“You can’t have someone sign a blank petition,” she said. “Signatures obtained before language is approved are not valid.”

Daniels, a political newcomer, defeated Council member Robin Beltramini by about 600 votes in the November election. Voter turnout was 26 percent, lower than expected.
 

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