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Flint councilman Allan Griggs targeted with two new recall petitions

MLive- Flint/Saginaw/Bay City logo MLive- Flint/Saginaw/Bay City 10/20/2020 By Ron Fonger, mlive.com

FLINT, MI -- Ward 8 Councilman Allan Griggs has been targeted for recall by a former candidate for mayor who has filed two slightly different sets of petition language against him.

The Genesee County Elections Commission, which rejected recall language against Griggs just weeks ago, is scheduled to meet Oct. 30 to act on the latest petition language filed by Don Pfeiffer.

Recall wording filed in two petitions filed by Pfeiffer differ in only one way. Each says Griggs should be recalled for his vote in favor of Lynn Sorenson’s appointment as a member of the Flint Planning Commission, but one proposal says he should be recalled for his “yes” vote while the other says he should lose his seat on council for voting “yes/aye” for Sorenson.

Pfeiffer, who MLive-The Flint Journal could not immediately reach for comment, filed similar language against Griggs earlier this year, but the Elections Commission voted against it, saying the proposed petition wasn’t clear.

County Chief Probate Judge Jennie Barkey, who made the motion to not approve the language, said then that Pfeiffer’s use of the word “aye” instead of “yes” made it unclear to the average voter.

Griggs, who was elected to council in 2017, said Monday, Oct. 19, that he plans to argue against the proposed recall language that’s been filed against him.

The councilman became the target of the recalls after he defended Sorenson’s right to operate an assisted-living home in the Woodcroft One subdivision where Pfeiffer lives.

Pfeiffer has questioned whether the business should be allowed in the neighborhood and said not all information about it has been shared with residents.

“He’s within sight of this assisted living home that’s perfectly legal,” Griggs said. “It tripped his trigger.”

In addition to Pfeiffer’s attempt to start a recall against Griggs, fellow Councilman Eric Mays also helped organize a failed recall attempt against him in 2019 for voting to extend a contract with Republic Services, Flint’s waste collection company.

In Michigan, election commissions are charged with deciding whether each reason stated in proposed petition language is factual and clear.

If approved, petitioners have up to 180 days to collect signatures equal to 25 percent of the number of votes cast in the last general election in that ward. Signatures must be collected within a 60-day window to force an election.

More on MLive:

Election commission denies recall language filed against Flint Councilman Allan Griggs

Recall language filed against Flint Councilman Allan Griggs

Election Commission rejects attempted recall of 3 Flint council members

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