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RECALLED: Troy Mayor Janice Daniels Voted Out of Office

A majority of Troy residents voted to remove embattled Troy Mayor Janice Daniels from office Tuesday.

The people of Troy voted 52 percent to 48 percent to recall Mayor Janice Daniels on Tuesday.

The votes were 20,763 to 18,993, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Clerk, with all precincts reporting.

It all started with a Facebook status update containing a gay slur that then-private citizen Daniels posted on her wall in June of 2011.

Then, on Dec. 2, 2011, just weeks after she was sworn in as mayor of Troy, the Facebook post was found, shared, and shared some more, quickly garnering national media attention.

Residents were angry. A recall effort was mounted. Nearly 9,000 valid signatures were collected to trigger the Nov. 6 recall election.

"I'm elated, over the moon," Recall Janice Daniels co-founder John Kulesz said as recall volunteers celebrated into the night at Joe Kool's in Troy. "It's amazing to do something that the majority of the people of Troy responded to in such a positive way."

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“We’re so happy that the people of Troy have realized that Janice is not the best person to represent them, and that Troy can and will do better," Recall Janice Daniels co-founder Matt Binkowski said.

“I’m cautiously optimistic," said Neil Yashinsky, a recall supporter who ran for a seat on Troy City Council a year ago. "I feel like we’re still a very evenly divided city in terms of pressing issues, and I hope that we have the foresight as a community to stay focused on what we agree on than what we disagree on.”

Once the election is certified, the mayor will be removed from office. Then, Troy City Council will begin the process of finding a replacement.

“We’re ready to start the next chapter in the City of Troy," Mayor Pro Tem Maureen McGinnis said.

Councilman Jim Campbell agreed, saying, “We’re going to put all this stuff behind us and start thinking about the citizens instead of the ideology of Mayor Daniels.”

“It feels good. We’ve gone farther than we ever expected to," Kulesz said.

Daniels could not be reached for comment late Tuesday and did not return calls from Troy Patch.

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Since her anti-gay Facebook comment went viral, Daniels 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, writing a lengthy position paper some viewed as personally attacking city employees and council members, and engaging in an argument with 2012 Troy Distinguished Citizen Mary Kerwin over the origin of her award while while presenting Kerwin with a proclamation during an October Troy City Council meeting.

Daffy Noodnicks November 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Please check me if I'm wrong here, but didn't he run for council? Didn't the voters choose to NOT put him on Council?
John David November 13, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Daffy, Top 5 vote recipients in Nov 2011 were: Tietz 7621, Henderson 7157, Campbell 6552, Kempen 6495, and Boomingdale 6096. There were 3 seat, and Kempen had he fourth highest total. In the same election Daniels 7709, Beltramini 7092.
Daffy Noodnicks November 13, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Thank you John David. It seems inappropriate to me, all else aside, for council to select someone voters rejected.
John David November 13, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Daffy, I agree. Kempen ran with Henderson, Tietz and Daniels. This is a link to Henderson's blog for the election: http://davehendersontroycouncil.blogspot.com/ In his Sep 28, 2011 entry he tells his "hat story" and concludes with this statement: "This story is a very good example of why I'm a little leary about the budget numbers the city has given to the people of Troy, especially as it regards extraction of the entire library budget, in its quest for a tax increase." Did Henderson and Tietz, much less the silent Daniels, find funds hidden in the budget for the library, or anything else? If they had would they not have funded the library or other needs or at least trumpeted the vindication of their beliefs? They didn't. If they couldn't, Kempen couldn't and won't. The premise of their campaign, hidden excess budget funds, was wrong, if not a political figment. Kempen, given his joint error with Daniels, shouldn't be given consideration.He will be divisive.
Seymour Hundley, Jr. November 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Patrick, The vote of the citizens of Troy was to vote out of office an insensitive mayor. If you can't represent all of the citizens of our City you don't deserve to be our leader. Former Mayor Daniels lacked a necessary the quality of leadership to know her people and represent them all regardless of sexual orientation, race, religion or individual differences. Some of those who voted for her may have had alternative lifestyles, but agreed with her "conservative" views until she exposed her true colors. Understand, I am not one of her supporter and agree with the "majority" who demonstrated how term limitation really works. I pray that our future politicians will take notice that certain expression of their personal beliefs will effect their political expectations.

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