The StandUnited petition to Remove Wes Bellamy from Office has been a smashing success. We can gauge its success by comparing it to the petition to remove the R.E. Lee statue from Lee Park. That petition received around 500 signatures and spurred a blue ribbon commission. Our petition has close to 800 signatures and should remove a City Councilor from office! This is a huge statement from the Charlottesville community that we will not accept Wes Bellamy on Charlottesville City Council. However the StandUnited petition is not a legally binding petition to recall Bellamy from office. If City Council refuses to do the right thing and ask Mr. Bellamy to stand down, beginning the official recall process will be our next step.
According to Ballotpedia.org, the petition for recall must be signed by at least 10% of the number of people who voted in the last election for the office being recalled. My sources tell me that the petition would need 527 signatures to meet this threshhold. Following that, the recall would be sent to Circuit Courts for trial.
The petition must also detail the reasons for removing the elected official from office, meeting one or more of the following criteria:
Immediately it strikes me that the "misuse of office" clause seems to fit the bill. Consider how we can show a pattern of racial bias targeting white citizens and white culture, disproportionately allocating committee seats and community funding for blacks, all while assigning these hateful anti-white comments to the official Twitter account of the Charlottesville Vice-Mayor.
I've also heard unconfirmed reports that there are elements of Cville's poor black community who feel disenchanted with Bellamy, calling him a quote: "grifter". Per my source: "He has taken money collected for candles for candle light vigils and disappeared with the money and without giving any candles. He has shown up at activists' homes (without warning) who don't care to work with him demanding that they do and discrediting his white cohorts on city council as racists to persuade them to work with him."
Judging from the strong reactions you guys have sent me, I don't think there will be any issue getting the requisite number of signatures for recall. I'll be contacting an attorney in the days ahead and drawing up the papers.
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