What the Troy Mayor Recall Question Will Look Like On the Ballot

A proposal to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot in Troy.

On Nov. 6, Troy voters will choose whether to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels or let her continue serving as mayor.

The City Proposal that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot reads:


Statement of Reason:
(1) for referring to the Troy City Charter as a "whimsical" document in a November 21, 2011 interview with the Detroit Free Press; (2) for declaring, during an "office hours" forum on January 9, 2012, that "the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous"; (3) for publicly attacking city employees during the January 9, 2012 City Council meeting while reading a 20 minute "position paper" into the record; and (4) for failing to support a Federal investment in the City of Troy of over $8.4 million, by voting against the Troy Transit Center project on three occasions (December 19, 2011, January 17, 2012, and February 20, 2012).

Justification of Conduct in Office:
The language of this recall contains untrue statements.  Stand together with me for smaller government, lowered taxes and less regulation so that our families and future generations will prosper.  I voiced dismay that the prior council at times ignored our city charter and that they treated it as "whimsical".  I will never treat it as whimsical.  I hold to our city charter and I make no exceptions.  There was no attack on city employees.  I voiced concerns on behalf of Troy residents about the city manager's information presentation.  Troy City Charter Section 4.8 states: "Council shall have the power to inquire into the conduct of any officer…into matters in which the municipality has an interest." I have a Charter-mandated obligation to question management when residents have concerns.  The transit center will burden the City with many thousands of dollars in costs.  I campaigned that I would vote no on the transit center and I did exactly as I promised.  I worked successfully to help bring about the reopening of the library on Saturdays and on-line disclosure of every check and contract the city has.  Reward these good accomplishments.  Allow me to continue to serve you faithfully as your Mayor.  

Shall Janice Daniels be recalled from the office of Mayor?

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.

For a look at all the local, state and national races on the ballot in Troy this November, visit our Troy Election Guide 2012.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9; learn more about registering to vote here. If you wish to vote by absentee ballot, here are the procedures and deadlines. To view statewide ballot issues, download this PDF file.

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Dale Murrish October 03, 2012 at 10:57 AM
’m glad Mayor Daniels was given ballot space to rebut the false claims in the recall petition for those who may be seeing it for the first time. The recall petition is clearly worded but biased. People should read my letter to the election board if they haven't already. http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/election-nullifiers-to-circulate-misleading-petition Under current law, the judges could also make no decision regarding its truthfulness. There’s at least two ways to tell any story without lying, as has been falsely and loudly accused. Separating facts from opinion is left to the voters. The Troy charter is covered under the Michigan Constitution. Mayor Daniels swore to uphold the latter; by default she is upholding the charter. Her explanation of that was ignored by petition circulators. Item #2 quotes a partial sentence from a heated discussion, worse than quoting out of context. In my opinion, this untrue statement rises to the level of a lie when it was confronted and ignored by Matt Binkowski and the petition circulators.
Chris P. October 03, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Mr. Murrish, I've researched the Recall language thoroughly. I completely disagree with you and wonder if you have done your homework.. You claim item #2 was quoted out of context. I might buy into that, except for the fact that she kept repeating that view over and over again. In several media interviews. First of all, it's not a "lifestyle." Second, being gay is no more dangerous than being heterosexual; I don't care how many homophobic politicians she brought to the council podium to argue her point, the truth is they are wrong. Finally, those of us who understand some of the Tea Party's fiscal arguments are frustrated at those Tea Party leaders (such as Daniels) who bring in social issues. She did it over and over and over again. Here's another example of her speaking out of context SIX MONTHS LATER: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/06/13/troy-mayor-homosexual-lifestyle-is-dangerous/ As for the Troy Charter, she willfully chose to NOT include it in her oath of office. Without explaining why she did so until she was asked by a reporter, giving an odd reason. In a position that is largely symbolic here in Troy, this shows questionable leadership capability. As a leader, she should strive to instill confidence. It unsettled people. Including many former council members and three former mayors. It was the first of many Daniels-centric decisions that began her downward spiral because it drew so much attention to questions about her.
Daffy Noodnicks October 03, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Dale: reposting the same lies...again...you really should be ashamed.
Bob Cornwall October 03, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Dale, her defense is rather self-serving. Her refusal, in taking the oath of office, of including the charter, is public knowledge. And her words were that it was whimsical, not that others treated it as whimsical. That would be like the President-elect refusing to uphold the Constitution because he/she believed some in Congress treated it as if it were whimsical. She did insult city employees and accused them of unethical behavior. So, her defense is at best shading the truth.
John David October 03, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Frankly, her "justification" is just a self serving spin on what she said and what she has done. Rev. Cornwall is correct regarding her refusal to include the city charter in her oath and that she said it was a whimsical document. She had nothing to do with opening the library on Saturdays and virtually no involvement, if any, in on line financial disclosure of city finances. That she did not refute the recall language regarding the comments she made while in office regarding homosexuality is particularly telling. It's shameful that her justification is included on the ballot with such unsupportable claims.
Wiley Coyote October 03, 2012 at 06:37 PM
It's hard to believe that she is allowed to have her political statement falsehoods printed on a ballot without a fact-checking vetting. She was dismayed at the previous council treated the charter whimsically, so she decided not to swear an oath to it? Ludicrous. No attack on city employees? Even L. Brooks Patterson recognized her lunatic rant against City Manager John Szerlag as nuts and sent a letter defending him against her charges. Re-opened the library on Saturdays? She fought to see it closed as a private citizen by fighting every effort to fund it, then flip-flopped into claiming she would keep it open seven days a week, impossible under the current funding available. The elections committee had to vet the recall language, and yet she gets a free, unchecked pass to defend herself on the ballot? Who approved this? It should be a yes or no choice after the question: Should Mayor Janice Daniels be recalled?
CC October 03, 2012 at 08:05 PM
"I worked successfully to help bring about the reopening of the library on Saturdays and on-line disclosure of every check and contract the city has." There is no wiggle room...this sentence is a blatant and clear lie. The facts are that she voted against the Library opening on Saturday. Check the meeting minutes (11/28/2011). Resolution #2011-11-273 Moved by Slater Seconded by Campbell RESOLVED, That the preceding resolution for Item I-5 d) Proposed Resolution for Seven-Day Operation of the Troy Public Library Effective January 7, 2011 be SUBSTITUTED with the following: b) Proposed Resolution for Six-Day Operation of the Troy Public Library – Closure Day Friday WHEREAS, The 2011/12 Troy Public Library Budget and the Troy Public Library 3-Year Budget were approved on September 26, 2011, and provide for Library service Monday through Friday, and Sunday. WHEREAS, In order to amend Library service days to include Saturday and close on Friday, an amendment of both budgets is required. RESOLVED, That Troy City Council hereby AMENDS the 2011/12 Troy Public Library Budget and the Troy Public Library 3-Year Budget to reflect an additional $35,000 in expenditures per year. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That Troy City Council hereby DIRECTS City Management to continue six-day operation of the Troy Public Library with the day of closure being Friday effective the week of January 1, 2012. Yes: Slater, Campbell, Fleming, McGinnis No: Tietz, Daniels, Henderson
Dale Murrish October 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
The elections board approved clarity of wording, not truthfulness for the petition. It's up to the voters to decide the truthfulness of the recall reasons and the mayor's reasons for wanting to stay mayor. I think her wording is clear. If she is lying (IF), you have a chance to vote her out of office and dump the task of replacing her on the city council. . You spin things your way; she spins things hers. Both can be telling the truth. The voters will decide.
Sue Martin October 03, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Not to mention that Open Troy (the online dashboard that includes that check register) was in the works LONG BEFORE she even thought of running for Mayor.
Daffy Noodnicks October 03, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Both COULD be telling the truth. HOWEVER, the mayor is not. Her opponents have facts to support them. The mayor, not so much. The Council does not replace her. The voters do at the next election. The Council chooses a replacement CM to serve until the next election. It would nice if got your facts straight once in while.
Dave W October 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Dale, I see you adjusted this post slightly from the last nearly identical post, and now say that Item #2 resulted "from a heated discussion" instead of being a "response to a badgering question". This is still not really accurate, as I still wouldn't say it was a "heated discussion". People can decide for themselves and listen to the acutal recording here: http://youtu.be/byTAIPpvPbY I'll also agree with you that it partially quotes a sentence, however, the full sentence is just as (if not more) damning: Mayor Daniels - "If I do, I’m not sure that any of you will be satisfied, because I will bring in psychiatrists who will tell you that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous". She said this in response to a student asking if she'd attend an anti-bullying meeting at the school as part of a youth project. She then follows this up by saying she would need "to bring her point of view to the meeting". Try to spin it however you want, the Mayor did say what she said and in no way has been taken "out of context" or "misrepresented".


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