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Date of Issue: April 18, 2010

Stoltzfus recall under way

Stoltzfus.

A committee to recall the November 2009 election of Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus has been formed, and the petition to organize a recall vote will begin circulation April 22, said committee chairman Bob Carter.

Carter said he anticipated filing the petition with the city clerk during the week of May 17.

He said the grounds for recall are malfeasance and misfeasance in that Stoltzfus violated Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law by “using liaisons to discuss public business.”

Carter also alleged that Stoltzfus sent e-mails that contained “libelous and inflammatory remarks” about city staff, citizens and professional consultants that violate the city’s policy against personal attacks which “expose the city to significant legal expense.”

According to Carter, Stoltzfus has been “abusing his authority,” employed “evasive devices to intentionally circumvent state statutes” and “conspired with others to deceive citizens and bring financial harm” to the city “by encouraging potentially harmful and expensive legal action against the city while hiding his own involvement.

“His conduct cannot be legally justified and conflicts with state law,” Carter concluded.

Committee volunteers will begin going door-to-door on April 22 to collect the required number of signatures.

The statute requires the committee collect signatures of 10 percent — 136 — of the 1,362 registered voters at the time of the November election.

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