Troy City Council Member to Residents: 'Vote Yes to Recall Mayor Janice Daniels'

In an open letter to Troy voters, Councilman Jim Campbell, with support from two fellow council members, urges voters to recall the mayor on Nov. 6.

Just days before the Nov. 6 general election, Councilman Jim Campbell is urging residents to "Vote 'Yes' to recall Mayor Janice Daniels."

“At this point in the game, she should know what she should and shouldn’t do," said Campbell, who noted the turning point for him in deciding to write an open letter to Troy residents was the mayor's recent argument with Troy Distinguished Citizen Mary Kerwin as she presented Kerwin with a proclamation.

“That was the final straw," Campbell said. "She’s done so many things, it’s become literally ridiculous. It’s an insult to the City of Troy.”

Mayor Pro Tem Maureen McGinnis agreed with Campbell that the incident between Daniels and Kerwin was unacceptable.

"I was also very disheartened to see how the Mayor handled the proclamation for the 2012 Troy Distinguished Citizen Award, especially given the fact that Leadership Troy has nothing to do with political parties and because the award is such a high honor for Mary Kerwin, who has served the community for decades," McGinnis said. "Unfortunately, the Mayor has not been able to establish what it actually was that she read that gave her some indication the award was tied to a political party, leaving many with the impression that her comments were meant to diminish the award or the recipient, neither of which is acceptable."

McGinnis added that negative publicity generated by the incident "impacts the amount of time and energy that we are able to spend on developing policy that will improve life for our residents and businesses."

Councilman Dane Slater also agreed the incident between Daniels and Kerwin was embarrassing for the City of Troy, though he said it is just one of many things the mayor has done to damage the city's reputation.

"That was the icing on the cake for a very disappointing and disastrous year under the reign of Janice Daniels," Slater said. "It’s not any one thing – it’s been a culmination of a year of many disasters that just needs to come to an end."

Slater said that, while he was also disappointed and embarrassed by the way Daniels treated Kerwin during the Oct. 22 Troy City Council Meeting, he is also deeply concerned about how Daniels' ideology is impacting the citizens of Troy.

"She proved to me and to everybody else that her ideology was more important than the citizens of Troy when she voted against a resolution to protect the citizens of Troy from overrun costs of the transit center," Slater said. "That resolution had nothing to do with the transit center – it had to do with hiring a manager to make sure the costs did not exceed what we had put as a limit, and that the firm would be responsible for anything above that.

"In essence, she voted against protecting the citizens of Troy ... just to say that she voted against everything about the transit center. To me, that was the final proof that she has more concerns about her ideology than protecting the residents of Troy.”

Other council members believe Daniels should be allowed to finish her term. During recent Troy City Council meetings, Councilman Dave Henderson has spoken in support of Mayor Daniels and continues to support her.

"The people voted her in a year ago, and it’s not my responsibility to carry a banner that’s going to undo what the people want," Henderson said. "The people wanted someone who was going to come in and watch the budget, watch the transit center, and that’s what she ran on and what she was elected to do."

Henderson added that being a politician "is not an easy thing to do," and admitted Daniels' first year has been less than perfect.

“If you get bombarded with the press the way she’s been bombarded with the press, it’s awful tough to handle that," Henderson said. "I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and give her the learning curve too.”

He added: "Whatever the people want, the people get. That’s what democracy is about."

Campbell addresses Troy residents

In Councilman Campbell's open letter to Troy residents, he writes:

To my fellow Troy residents,

I am very proud to have been elected to serve you as a city of Troy councilman. Unfortunately, I am not so proud of some of the issues and controversies that have surfaced since the election involving Mayor Daniels.

On day one, Mayor Daniels decided to revise the traditional oath of office that Councilman Henderson, Councilman Tietz, and I took along with her. She took it upon herself to eliminate any reference to the Troy city charter without ever discussing the oath revision with any of us. I saw this as rather strange behavior on her part. Just for the record I went back to the city clerk the next day and formally retook my oath in the traditional manner.

Little did I know that this event would be only the beginning of a rather long string of bizarre and unacceptable behaviors that would be brought forth by Mayor Daniels. I don’t think it is necessary to go through the laundry list of the events of the past year, suffice to say that none of her tirades, accusations or unprofessional behaviors has done anything to promote the city of Troy in a positive light!

The council has spent far too much time attempting to control her actions both in the public view as well as behind closed doors. The focus of the council and the city management has been diverted from doing the business of the city for too long.

It is also very important to clearly understand that the statements, opinions and attitudes that have been stated by Mayor Daniels are hers and hers alone. She does not speak for Mayor Pro Tem McGinnis, Councilman Slater, or me.

Mayor Daniel’s recent performance presenting the Troy Distinguished Citizen Award to Mary Kerwin proved to be the last straw for me. Again, I am sure everyone is well aware of the disrespectful manners shown by Mayor Daniels, just another sign of her lack of capability, professionalism and ideology.

I personally want to apologize to Mary Kerwin and Leadership Troy for the appalling and unnecessary treatment that was thrust on you by our Mayor.

Now the day of reckoning is drawing near for our mayor. The recall ballot provides a clear picture of the reasons for the recall. Each of the items on the ballot can be verified with public information. Unfortunately, the mayor’s ballot rebuttal is full of distortions written to show her as the “Victim”. Rest assured she is no victim!

Just to add a little more drama to the situation, now the Michigan Tea Party is planning on supporting Mayor Daniels against the recall effort. Interesting that the person who is running her “NO Recall” campaign is from Alpena not Troy? This is also true for many of her other supporters and cash donors. In the meantime our mayor is making personal appearances at homes and business that display the “Vote Yes Recall” signs. Her mission is to try to have them take the signs down. Could this be considered intimidation?

It’s rumored that the Tea Party supporters will have a strong presence at the polling locations in Troy. Gee, what a surprise!

Apparently the tradition of having a non-partisan election in Troy is another thing of the past?

November 6, 2012 is not only a critical day for the country; it is also a crucial day for us in Troy. Are we going to turn our heads from the unpleasantness and obnoxious behavior of an elected official who has tarnished our city in so many different ways? Or are we going to stand up and say that we the people of Troy demand and deserve better?

If you are proud of the city you live in and believe in our motto: “Troy-The City of Tomorrow Today” then you choice is clear: Vote “Yes” to Recall Mayor Janice Daniels.

Exercise your right to vote!

James Campbell
Troy City Councilman & Troy Resident

“I think she sees herself as a politician, as moving up in the world, and I think she’s propped up by other people who are doing her an injustice by supporting her," Campbell added. "She’s a council member – she’s not a dictator. ... She does not represent the best interests of the City of Troy."

Calls from Patch to Janice Daniels seeking comment on Campbell's letter were not returned Thursday afternoon.

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Daniels took office in November of 2011 and first came under fire in December for her anti-gay Facebook comment. She has remained the center of controversy after voting against the Troy Transit Center (a scaled-down version was later approved), telling the Troy High School Gay-Straight Alliance she would bring in an expert to tell them  comparing the dangers of homosexuality to the dangers of smoking cigarettes on a radio show, and writing a lengthy position paper some viewed as personally attacking city employees and council members.

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Cathy Fucinari November 02, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Dale: Where was the anti-tea party rally where a mess was left for others to clean up? Really, I want to know. Prove it. I think you are lying again, and avoided the question.
Daffy Noodnicks November 02, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Dale: was there nothing wrong with the Sterling Heights councilman who attended the Tea Party rally while he was holding the racist, antigay signage with horrible violent imagery? You know, the good friend of our mayor who showed up at OUR council meeting to defend her? The guy who said Obama was worse the Hitler? Perhaps any group of people might contain some who might be irresponsible, or wackadoodles, or litter bugs. This does not mean the entire group is. I am also curious as to why, since there is nothing wrong with the Tea party, why do you think the mayor, and others, assiduously hid their extremely close affiliation with that group? I think it is because they knew they would not have been elected if they were forthcoming.
Barbara Koehn November 02, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Randy, I remember those days many years ago when the council cared more about Troy than most cictizens did-You and your fellow council members worked very hard to keep politics out of the council chamber. I am pleased to see that Councilpersons McGinnis, Campbell and Slater care enough about this city as you and your former council members to come forward and state their feelings regarding the recall-Again, thank you for your comments, past and present council members and let's VOTE YES TO RECALL JANICE DANIELS!!!
Jen Anesi (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
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Nancy Garling November 02, 2012 at 05:16 PM
The robo call I received from Ms. Daniels was untrue. It said council will raise taxes if she is recalled and that it is a power grab.
Nancy Garling November 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Sorry for previous comment.
Rhonda Hendrickson November 02, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Mayor Daniels likes to say that she is doing something based on her "principles." It appears that Councilman Campbell is a man of principles also. I applaud him for deciding, as a businessman, former Republican Club president and scout leader that truth and integrity DO matter in Troy. One can only imagine how difficult it must be to on the city council and helplessly watch our city endure one humiliating situation after another, due to the words and actions of one person, the Mayor. If this were the private sector, which the Tea Party/Libertarians so often hold up as the gold standard, Mayor Daniels would have been reprimanded and fired for cause months ago. Thank you, Mr. Campbell, Ms. McGinnis and Mr. Slater for having the foresight to look beyond ideology and partisanship, and try and prevent further damage to our city's reputation and growth. It is about time to put the focus back on our city in a positive light and OFF the Mayor's antics.
JS November 02, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Glenn November 02, 2012 at 11:16 PM
PROCLAMATION IN RECOGNITION OF MARY KERWIN TROY’S DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN FOR 2012 WHEREAS, Mary Kerwin has built a solid reputation as being a committed volunteer, serving many organizations with an enthusiasm and dedication that is respected by all who know her; and WHEREAS, Mary has been a Troy resident for 24 years. She and Stormy Beyer, her husband of 32 years, have raised two wonderful children, Rory and Katie who learned from their parents the true meaning of volunteering and giving back to one's community; and WHEREAS, Mary's volunteer efforts through St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church include: Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Women's Fellowship, Funeral Luncheons and she has worked in RC1A and Catechetical programs; and WHEREAS, Mary's dedicated efforts on behalf of the Troy School District include working on many Troy Board committees, volunteering as HOSTS mentor, chairing and serving on many committees at local schools, serving as PTA President at Hamilton and PTO President at Smith and Parliamentarian for the PTA/PTO Presidents' Council. WHEREAS, Mary organized the first Family Fun Night at Smith Middle School. She served on the THS Booster Board, and the District School Improvement Team. Mary also served eight years on the Troy Board of Education, holding all offices, and she was recognized for outstanding leadership by county, state and national organizations; and
Glenn November 02, 2012 at 11:17 PM
WHEREAS, Mary has been very committed to her community as well. She serves as President for the Women Officials Network, MSU Extension Leadership Council Chair and on the State Council. She is a longtime member of Leadership Troy, League of Women Voters, Troy Community Coalition, Friends of the Troy Public Library, and Troy Historical Society, donating her time and making monetary donations to the organizations; and WHEREAS, Mary's dedicated commitment to the City includes being an Alumna of the Troy Citizens Academy, serving on Troy Futures Task Force Image and Feel and Lifestyle committees, serving two years on Troy Planning Commission - one year as Vice-Chair, serving four years on Troy City Council - one year as Mayor Pro Tem. Mary also was President of the MML Elected Officials Academy; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Troy City Council extends special recognition to Mary Kerwin, for her selfless and tireless service and dedication to this community; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Troy City Council and all of Troy’s residents congratulate Mary Kerwin for being named Troy’s Distinguished Citizen for 2012 and wish her continued success in all future endeavors. Presented this 17th day of October 2012.
Glenn November 02, 2012 at 11:21 PM
As you can see below, no where in the Proclamation that was given to Mary Kerwin did it say anything about being awarded to her by the "Troy Democrat Club." Either Janice Daniels was editorializing in a pathetic attempt to inject politics into a non-partisan achievement or Janice Daniels simply can't read very well. You can choose, it's obviously one or the other. By the way, if you're having trouble finding it, the caps lock button is on the left side of the keyboard.
Conservative Dem November 02, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Are you serious? Have you watched the closed-circuit tape replay? It was a deliberate attempt to marginalize a civic volunteer's 24-year history of charitable and honorable works. It was sickening.
cookiepro2 November 02, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Hmmm, weird. Janice Daniels had a plan to discredit Janice Daniels, lol.
Conservative Dem November 02, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Buh bye, Mayor Daniels......here's a portion of an email I received from a high school classmate, THS alum who currently lives in New York City. She is blissfully ignorant of the front-and-center fun and games we have endured here in Troy, but calling us out on the national media perception of our fair town because of our inept mayor: "Janice Daniels keeps showing up in all my NATIONAL news feeds, and it's always embarrassing for Troy. I swear everyone thinks that Troy is a huge hicktown w/ a ignorant bigot as a mayor. This needs to end." And......scene.
Daffy Noodnicks November 03, 2012 at 01:10 AM
JS: First off, your caps lock seems to be stuck. Maybe you need a new keyboard or something. Secondly, good luck trying to recall CM Campbell as it is your constitutional right to do. It will take about 8,000 signatures to get it on the ballot and you won't get one from me, as I believe he is a sane rational person acting in the best interest of Troy and I am happy to have him on Council. Lastly, your observations of the award presentation seem to be profoundly divorced from reality, I was just wondering, what color is the sky in your world?
Conservative Dem November 03, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Stacy November 03, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I just remembered I wrote to Mayor Daniels when she omitted the city charter from the oath. I saved the email and just reread what she wrote. She said one reason is she is required to sign a proclamation to term limits. She does not believe in term limits and feels..."The best term limits are an informed citizenry who will vote out perceived bad leadership." Wow! The irony! Vote to YES to Recall Janice Daniels!
Toby Gosselin November 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM
JS: ?? "MARY KERWIN AND Councilman Jim Campbell SHOULD APOLIZIE TO THE CITY OF TROY AN OUR MAYOR. " I am not finding your word APOLIZIE in the dictionary. We, the people, are educated, informed and prepared to vote YES: to RECALL MAYOR DANIELS on November 6, 2012.
Lynn Gross November 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM
JS - your above tirade sounds a little bit like you think Janice is queen and not mayor. Mrs. Kerwin had every right to interrupt her and to attempt to stop Janice from publicly disparaging her reputation and the distinguished award. Janice is not queen of Troy. She is not owed respect when she, herself, is disrespectful. The democratic process will prevail and we soon be rid of the stain on our city.
Cathy Fucinari November 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Part 2: You had nothing to do with the award from Money Magazine. All of the things that were influential in gaining this award for Troy also occurred before you took office. You VOTED AGAINST keeping the library open on Saturday! You say that special interests and tax-and-spend liberal politicians are pushing the recall. I have worked very hard on this campaign. I am a housewife, retired, and a 36-year resident of Troy. I moved here and spent 36 years paying taxes to build the amenities we have here in Troy. How does that make me a special interest or a liberal politician? You are lying again. VOTE YES TO RECALL JANICE DANIELS!!!
Cathy Fucinari November 03, 2012 at 05:14 PM
JS, I think by this time we can identify the vocabulary and the patterns. I can make an educated guess that I am speaking to Janice Daniels. The caps lock gives you away. Mary was not out of order. You were out of order. Nowhere in that proclamation, that you had earlier signed, did it say anything about the Troy Democratic Club. The Troy Democratic Club does not do a Distinguished Citizen award, much less use a pseudonym of Leadership Troy. Mary Kerwin interrupted you because you LIED. SHAME ON YOU! I applaud Jim Campbell for taking a stand and supporting the recall campaign. He has been in a good position to see the inadequacy of your performance and your qualification both in public and behind closed doors in meetings. He used no dirty tricks. He stated the truth, not the fantasy you have insisted on since your election. Actually, since your campaign, when you professed to be an independent. Your mailer that arrived at my home yesterday is full of lies. You had nothing to do with balancing the budget , since you never opened your MOUTH during the budget sessions. You have had nothing to do with tax rates in Troy, you only voted against a pass through increase in the garbage pickup. You have done NOTHING to bring business to Troy. All of the businesses you claim, were actually accomplished before you took office.
Cathy Fucinari November 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I wish I had a 'like' button here!
Linda November 03, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The dedicated citizens of Troy also need to remember those names supporting Janice and seen on the mailing filled with lies. Three current members of council, Henderson, Fleming and Tietz appear on the flyer. How can anyone with any ounce of integrity and decency be a part of this sham to dissuade those who they were elected to serve? This has to stop. I know for a fact that there are more citizens in Troy who are intelligent, respectful and want what's best for our fine city than those who continue to run amok, spread lies and do whatever is necessary for political gain. We will show not only our community, but the nation that we insist on leaders dedicated to Troy. We will not allow those who want to use it for their greedy, malicious means. We will recall Janice Daniels! Let this be a strong message to others. We will repair the damage done to our reputation. We will hold those elected accountable for their words and actions.
Cathy Fucinari November 03, 2012 at 06:08 PM
It doesn't take class. I only takes narcissism!
Ellen Hodorek November 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Thank you for sharing your perspective, Councilman Campbell. And I appreciate the insight here from Mayor Pro Tem McGinnis and Councilman Slater. Folks trying to discern should consider the following about these three leaders: I am grateful to Mayor Pro Tem Maureen McGinnis for patiently and professionally bringing her bright, legal mind to the council table and continuing her family’s legacy of giving back to this community. Clearly, the fruit does not fall far from the tree as she builds upon the contribution her father -- who served on the school board for five years (two of them as President) – made to Troy. I am humbled that Councilman Dane Slater chooses to give of his retirement years to dispassionately and logically pursue evidence-based decision making. A retired Troy Police Captain, he clearly brings an understanding of municipal management and the challenges of Troy’s Police Department. This is critical, especially given the fact that Troy’s PD has been rewound to a largely reactive department, versus proactive department. I am relieved that Councilman Jim Campbell brings his private sector experience to the table. His pragmatic, truly business-like approach is proven; this is a man who purchased a company near bankruptcy and successfully turned it around. Campbell is a fiscal conservative with the business know-how critical to council’s ability to navigate through this complicated time in Troy’s history.
Anonymous November 04, 2012 at 05:17 AM
I am proud of the city I live in and believe in our motto: “Troy-The City of Tomorrow Today” and my choice is clear: I'm voting NO to recall the mayor. In my eyes, those who are trying to recall her are the bullies. I don't think our city has been tarnished by her, maybe by you recall folks, but houses in my neighborhood have sold very quickly, so the mayor hasn't "tarnished" the city as some of you have implied. I agreed with her regarding the transit center and I certainly did not vote for the library millage.
Toby Gosselin November 04, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Anonymous: Home buyers looking to purchase a home select Troy's exemplary schools; affordable tax rate and quality city services.The mayor is not an important part of the BIG PIGTURE. Daniels' RECALL is in the best interest of the community. The voters are prepared to vote YES; to RECALL MAYOR DANIELS on Tuesday.
Toby Gosselin November 04, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Sorry for the typo..... "BIG PICTURE."
Daffy Noodnicks November 04, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Whether those homes would have sold for more if the mayor was not controversial is an open question. I do know for sure, if she was mayor 12 years ago when I made my substantial investment in Troy I would not have been looking here. I would not have in a community with an extremist mayor. Gay people alone are about 10% of the population, do you think they believe Troy is a welcoming community? Less competition among buyers = lower sales prices: a simple law of economics. Having a divisive mayor like this cannot be good for property values.
Ellen Hodorek November 04, 2012 at 07:22 PM
When Mayor Daniels announced her candidacy, she described herself as a grassroots Independent in the Troy Times. As her true hyper-partisanship becomes more and more transparent to more and more residents, here are some thoughts about the root cause of the divisiveness in Troy and why we need to reject this partisanship: http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/lets-seize-the-opportunity-to-ensure-troy-remains-a-vital-organization#comments


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