Berrien County Election Commission approves Pscholka recall petition language; Pscholka responds

By: Rich Molina Email
By: Rich Molina Email

Petitions to recall Michigan State Representative, Al Pscholka can now be handed out after the Berrien County Election Commission approved the language Monday, according to our reporting partners at WSJM.

Benton Harbor Commissioner Dennis Knowles submitted four documents with recall language and only three out of the four were approved.

According to Clerk Louise Stine, the petition takes aim at Pscholka for introducing legislation that gives emergency managers more authority, like in Benton Harbor.

Knowles now has 90 days to collect more than 6,700 valid signatures and send them to the Secretary of State in order to get the recall on the ballot.

Pscholka released this statement in response to the recall:

“It's no surprise that those who have directly contributed to financial disaster, whether through abuse or negligence, are the first to lead a campaign against necessary reforms and those who advocate for change. They are eager to disprove a well-recorded history of ineffectiveness, and what better way for them to do that than to try and style their own self-service as a people's revolt? They can't fight the facts, so they figure they'll fight me instead. I understand that psychology, as transparent as it is.

"Regardless of their motivations or their message, I believe in the process of the law and I will be prepared. I stand by our accomplishments, the rights of the taxpayer, and a future of prosperity and accountability. The City of Benton Harbor is already showing signs of recovery and balancing the budget. What some fail to understand is that the city is part of the State of Michigan, and therefore, all taxpayers are liable for the city's deficit and financial mismanagement. I will continue to work hard for positive reforms and change that will benefit all of the residents of our state."

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