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Group Seeking To Recall Mayor Of Troy

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Troy Mayor Janice Daniels (WWJ Photo/Beth Fisher, File)

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels (WWJ Photo/Beth Fisher, File)

TROY (WWJ/AP) – A group has formed seeking to recall the mayor of Troy, who has been criticized for voting to reject federal funding for a new transit center and drawn attention for a Facebook post that featured an anti-gay slur.

The Detroit News reports petition language was filed Monday in an effort to remove Janice Daniels from office. One “Recall Janice Daniels” petition cites her December vote on the proposed $8.4 million center.

Daniels said she met supporters over the weekend and was “encouraged by the support.”

The Troy City Council reversed course in January and approved a scaled-back $6.3 million transportation center. Daniels remained opposed, saying she made election pledges to block the center.

Daniels was elected in November. She apologized in December for the June 25 Facebook post.

In an interview with Talkradio 1270’s Charlie Langton, she did, however, reiterate her position on gay marriage. “While I do believe marriage should be between one man and one woman, it was inappropriate to use that language … It was meant to be a joke, silly, a funny thing.”

Daniels said she would not consider resigning her position.  “I hope it pretty much goes away,” Daniels said. “It’s a fascinating role, I love being the mayor and I hope to have many, many successes… I am human… My hope is that they’ll forgive me.” (More on this here).

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