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.
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