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Judge Orders Troy To Hold May Election For Mayor

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Troy Mayor Janice Daniels (File: WWJ/Beth Fisher)

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels (File: WWJ/Beth Fisher)

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TROY (AP) - An Oakland County judge has ordered Troy officials to hold an election in May to choose a replacement for the Detroit suburb’s recalled mayor.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson sued the city, saying City Clerk Aileen Bittner failed to meet a deadline for an election.

Johnson’s suit sought to compel Troy to hold the special election in February. Judge Denise Langford-Morris instead ordered Wednesday that the election be held in May because deadlines for an earlier vote already have passed.

Troy residents voted Nov. 6 to remove Janice Daniels as mayor of the city of 80,000. Recall backers accused her of making anti-gay remarks and damaging the city by opposing a federally funded transit center.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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