No appeal filed on Election Comm. decision on Royce recall language

WHITE PIGEON — The canvassing effort to recall White Pigeon Village President Tyler Royce will now proceed without procedural bumps in the road.

Monday morning, St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald confirmed that Royce did not file an appeal of the St. Joseph County Election Commission’s decision on June 16 that the petition had “sufficient clarity” to move forward and that the reason for the recall was “factual in nature.” The determination was made during a factuality/clarity hearing of the commission.

Royce had 10 days from the June 16 hearing to file an appeal. At the time, Royce was unsure if he wanted to file an appeal, saying in an interview after the hearing he would “go through the motions.”

The recall petition started by White Pigeon resident and business owner Jerome Kash seeks to recall Royce, who has been village president for six years, over an alleged ethical issue. Petition language claims Royce has been “using village equipment and employees to do personal work outside of [the] village.”

Royce has denied the claim in part, saying while he used a Ditch Witch to repair a sign that had broken off in a local subdivision, he denied using village employees to do the work.

Kash said in an interview Monday that the lack of an appeal from Royce would allow the canvassing effort to officially begin. According to Oswald, 108 valid signatures are needed for the recall to be placed on the November ballot, which Kash estimated he would have “by the end of the week.”

The deadline to file the recall petition is Aug. 5.

Robert Tomlinson can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 22 or robert@threeriversnews.com.

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