Recall language against Ellenburg, Peppin rejected by election commission

GENESEE COUNTY — Recall petition language against Genesee County Commissioners Ellen Ellenburg, D-Burton, and Gary Peppin, D-Davison was rejected by the election commission, Sept. 14.

The pair was the target of a recall attempt after voting against a special meeting to allow residents to discuss a mask mandate for K-6 students.

The meeting was to allow residents to discuss the mask mandate with Dr. Pamela Hackert, Medical Health Officer with the Genesee County Health Department.

The recall language was filed Aug. 26 by Burton resident Katharine Keller, who contends Ellenburg acted to prevent the people from the community to speak out regarding the mask mandate by voting against the special meeting.

Recall language against Peppin was filed by Leonard Marden of Richfield Township, included the same reason regarding the special meeting vote, also for Peppin voting to approve the county’s 2021-22 budget with a deficit and for voting against a motion for the county board to add an item to its agenda on vaccine passports.

The language was determined not to be clear or factual. As of press time the petitioners had not filed new language. — G.G.