A campaign committee is close to having enough signatures to force a recall election of District 5 Metro Councilwoman Pam Murray, according to a media release sent on Tuesday.
As first reported by The City Paper, the group filed a notice to recall the second-term Councilwoman on Aug. 14. A recall election requires 15 percent of the registered voters in the district, which would be about 900 voters.
On Saturday about 30 District 5 residents canvassed the area to garner the necessary signatures. Murray reportedly hosted a Stop the Recall meeting on Monday evening, although this was unconfirmed and various attempts to reach her were unsuccessful.
“The Metro Council sets our property taxes, votes on the budget, which includes our school board’s budget, and decides our zoning laws,” read a press release from the campaign committee We the People of District 5. “We are currently suffering economic turmoil. The last thing we need during these times is for our representative on Council spending most of their life working in Detroit, Michigan.”
Murray was not immediately available for comment.
The press release references media reports that Murray lives a majority of the time in Detroit, where she works as a social worker at a methadone clinic.
Murray led the charge to rezone a Cleveland Street property, which faced stringent opposition from District 5 residents. The zoning bill was ultimately withdrawn when it was apparent the bill would not pass.
An ethics complaint was also filed against Murray with the state ethics commission, alleging she lied on her ethics disclosure forms. The complaint is still pending.
The campaign committee has until Sept. 14 to submit the necessary signatures to the Metro Clerk. If the signatures are verified by the Election Commission, a recall election would be held within 60 days.