Troy city attorney responds to lawsuit threat from the state of Michigan

TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - Troy's city attorney has responded to the state of Michigan's letter that threatened a lawsuit against the city. Michigan's Attorney General's office said it would sue the city of Troy if it doesn't agree to hold a special election to replace the seat of recalled Mayor Janice Daniels.

Lori Grigg Bluhm responded to the letter saying there is too much ambiguity in the state law and hopes that the city and state can work together on amendments to make it clearer. She did not agree to hold a special election in February.

Troy city council appointed Mayor Pro Tem Dane Slater as the mayor until an election can be held in November. The winner would serve the remaining two years of Daniels' term.

However, if the state gets its way, there will be a special election held in February.

A special election would cost the city of Troy $50,000. Bluhm says while that cost is a factor, it's not the reason the city wants to avoid having a special election.

"Any opportunity we have to avoid a lawsuit, we want to work with the state," says Bluhm.

Secretary Johnson and AG Schuette issued this statement Friday:

"I'm disappointed that city officials have chosen to go this route," Johnson said. "Unfortunately, we now must seek a legal remedy to uphold state election and recall law. Our position all along has been that state law requires an election in this situation. Troy residents have the right to choose the city's mayor in February, and the attorney general and I will see that that happens."

"As Michigan Attorney General, my job is to enforce the law," Schuette said. "I am fully supportive of Secretary of State Johnson's efforts as Michigan's chief elections officer and agree that the law is straightforward.  A February election is required."

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