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Tag: Dave Ritter
By JGillman, Section News
This is truly entertaining. Its become big news up here, and we had it here first.
Though Kalkaska county prosecutor Brian Donnelly's efforts at recalling at least three county commissioners may not be over, it appears he has (his allies attempting the recall) failed initially to clarify the language to the satisfaction of the elections board. In a turnaround however, the prosecutor himself appears to be the only one out of the process who may have to defend his job.
From a press release:
Gathering for the approximately 2000 signatures (a few extra are typically gathered to overcome duplicates, mistakes etc..) to put Donnelly's name on the February ballot recall are expected to begin immediately.
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By JGillman, Section News
(Democrat who runs as a Republican)
The last election has had its consequences not only of statewide or national significance, but also in local areas as well. In Northern Michigan's Kalkaska county, we could have up to 5 casualties, as a shoot out in the OK Corral begins.
Four newly elected county commissioners, Stuart McKinnon, Dave Ritter, Tony Martini and the Chair, Mike Cox (all Republican) are being recalled by the Kalkaska Democrat party efforts and with active assistance from the local prosecutor, Brian Donnelly, a [Democrat] as well. The recall effort has apparently been spawned by the prosecutor's objections to the commission's refusal to reinstate funding to his department. The funding cuts had been made by the prior county board's actions. It is also presumed to be payback for an attempt to have an outside consultant look at the prosecutor's office as well as other county operations by the 'Axe Man':
The board voted to retain the services of attorney John Axe of Axe and Ecklund, PC, to provide consulting services to the county for a cost not to exceed $9,375.
The prosecutor refused access to this consultant, who could not then perform the tasks as assigned by the board. This affected the other county office holders as well, who became less inclined to cooperate in the cost saving exercise the board had commissioned.
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