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Date for UA council members' recall elections expected to be set July 18

July 16,2016 05:26

The election must take place next month, within 30 to 40 days after the Franklin County Board of Elections notified city officials on Friday, July 15, that Save Northam Park has submitted enough valid signatures to force recall elections for council ...and more »

Upper Arlington City Council has scheduled a special meeting to set a date for a recall election for four of its members.
Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 18, at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road. The election must take place next month, within 30 to 40 days after the Franklin County Board of Elections notified city officials on Friday, July 15, that Save Northam Park has submitted enough valid signatures to force recall elections for council members John C. Adams, David DeCapua, Kip Greenhill and Debbie Johnson.
A draft resolution to set the special election was posted to the city’s website Friday afternoon, July 15. Although it didn’t set a specific date for voting, it indicated none of the four council members intends to resign, which was their option after the recall petitions were certified by the board of elections.
Look for more on the special election and the recall effort on www.thisweeknews.com and in the July 21 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.
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Board of elections rejects Greenhill recall protest
The Franklin County Board of Elections has rejected a protest over the impending recall election of Upper Arlington City Councilman Kip Greenhill after recall petitions were circulated using his nickname.
The board voted 3-1 Friday morning, July 15, against a protest filed by former Upper Arlington Mayor Priscilla Mead to throw out 2,683 valid signatures of registered voters to force a recall election of Greenhill.
In doing so, the board rejected Mead's assertions that Save Northam Park's recall bid was faulty because the group identified the councilman on its petition as Kip Greenhill, as he's known in the community, as opposed to Francis Greenhill, his given name and the name under which he's registered to vote.
"I'm convinced that people in Upper Arlington know Mr. Greenhill as Kip," Franklin County Board of Elections member Bradley Sinnott said. "My inclination is to use common sense and say if the people of Upper Arlington know who you're talking about when you use the name Kip, I think that's sufficient."
The lone "no" vote came from board member Gregory Haas, who noted he's lived in Upper Arlington and knew Greenhill as Kip during his 17 years as principal of Upper Arlington High School.
Still, Haas said, the recall petitioners should have been required to use the name Francis Greenhill when collecting signatures because that's the name under which he’s registered to vote and that’s the name he was required to use when he ran for council in 2013.
Greenhill didn't attend Friday's hearing and said beforehand that he didn't support Mead's protest. He said he's prepared to fight the campaign by SNP to recall him, as well as Upper Arlington City Council members John C. Adams, David DeCapua and Debbie Johnson.
Read more about the protest hearing and the board's decision in the July 21 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.
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