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Date of Issue: April 26, 2010

Petition for Recall of Harry Stoltzfus

Petition for Recall of Harry Stoltzfus

State of Florida
County of Manatee
City of Anna Maria

To:  Alice Baird, City Clerk

From:  Bob Carter, Chair

            We, the undersigned, registered and qualified electors of  the City of Anna Maria, Manatee County, Florida, pursuant to Florida Statutes §100.361 (2009), present this petition, and respectfully state as follows:

            1.  We seek the recall and removal of Harry Stoltzfus, holding the office of City Commissioner in the City of Anna Maria, County of Manatee, State of Florida, and demand an election of a successor to that office, in the manner provided by Florida Statutes §100.361 (4).

            2.  The grounds for the removal of Harry Stoltzfus as such officer are as follows:

Malfeasance and misfeasance. Public records evidence that Stoltzfus violated the Government-In-The-Sunshine Law by holding electronic meetings and using liaisons to discuss public business which has not been advertised to the public. Stoltzfus’ email communications contained libelous and inflammatory remarks concerning city staff, citizens and professional consultants, in violation of the City’s stated policy against personal attacks, which expose the City to significant legal expense. He has also made numerous statements in violation of the requirement for a fair hearing in a quasi judicial proceeding, thus abusing his authority in order to achieve a desired result. Public records reveal that Stoltzfus employed “evasive devices” in order to intentionally circumvent State Statutes.  Further, Stoltzfus conspired with others to deceive citizens and bring financial harm to the City of Anna Maria 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.
 
            3.  Petitioners are equal in number to at least 10% of the registered voters of the City of Anna Maria, Manatee County, Florida.

            Petitioners accordingly request that the question of recalling Harry Stoltzfus  from the office of City Commissioner be submitted to the voters of City of Anna and demand a special election held for that purpose, pursuant to Florida Statutes §100.361 (4).
 
            Each of the undersigned for himself or herself states that:

            a.  He or she has personally signed this petition;

            b.  He or she is a registered, qualified elector of the City of Anna Maria, Manatee County, Florida;

            c.  He or she has not signed any other of the petitions for the recall of Harry Stoltzfus; and

            d.  His or her place of residence and the date of his or her signing are correctly written after his or her name.

            4.  Designate Bob Carter as Chair of the recall committee.

The petition form is available as a PDF for printing at the link below:

Petition for Recall of Harry Stoltzfus in PDF

 

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