Push to recall Robert Ficano clears first hurdle; signature collection to begin

(WXYZ) DETROIT - Today the Wayne County board of elections approved the ballot language that could remove Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano from office.

It's the first step in a recall effort started by Plymouth attorney Rick Convertino, but it's far from a done deal.

Before recalling Ficano can even be put on a ballot, Convertino needs to collect 160,000 signatures from Wayne County residents.

This is the second push to have Ficano recalled: Convertino's first effort failed, but he promises this one will be different.

He says his team plans to hire one-thousand poll workers to collect signatures: they say they'll do it by getting donations through a website, recallficano.com , and social media campaigns.  Convertino is also running for a seat on the Wayne County Commission.        

Today Robert Ficano said in a statement that Convertino is just trying to use the recall effort for free publicity, and says he's committed to moving the county forward

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