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Commission to look at recall petitions filed against Warren Mayor Jim Fouts

Commission to look at recall petitions filed against Warren Mayor Jim Fouts
Posted at 5:22 AM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 08:23:25-04

The Macomb County Election Commission will hold a special meeting today to decide whether recall petitions filed against Warren Mayor Jim Fouts are legitimate.  

Six recalls against the mayor have been filed this month. 

Fouts has been under fire since audio tapes surfaced with a person believed to be the mayor making racist and sexist remarks.

A Warren resident, Joseph Hunt, who filed multiple petitions submitted a report made by an expert who used computer programs to analyze their tapes - and said they appear to be legitimate.

The mayor has said they were manufactured by his enemies. The mayor has 31 months remaining on his current 4-year term.

The three-person commission will review the petitions and decide if the issue should be placed on the ballot for voters to decide on.

During the special meeting today, the election commission will decide if the language is clear and factual - so  the petitions can be approved.

Hunt would then have 180 days to collect signatures of Warren registered voters to put the recall on the ballot.  The exact number of signatures is still being determined. 

Mayor Fouts declined comment on these latest developments. 

On Thursday, the mayor is expected to deliver the State of the City Address.