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12/30/04

Petition Handed in for Frazier Recall

Recall chair Solana Plaines files paperwork at the elections board. Recall chair Solana Plaines files paperwork at the elections board.

The next phase in the recall of Savannah-Chatham Board of Education member Daniel Frazier has begun. This afternoon, the groups interested in recalling Frazier filed their initial petition at the board of elections on Eisenhower Drive in Savannah.

It might be hard to keep track of all the recall activity, since there are a couple processes in motion right now. First, there's an application process, which starts off the recall. Then there's the petition process.

Yesterday, there was an application for the recall of board member SuSu Cox, and petitions were handed in for Hugh Golson and DeWayne Hamilton. Today, it was Frazier who saw 200 signatures on petition calling for his recall.

Recall chairperson Solana Plaines is a parent, grandparent and former candidate for state office. She says when it comes to recalling the District 2 school board member, she says she was on a mission.

"He said he would doubt it if I'd only get 100 signatures," she told us. "So to prove him wrong, I worked and got 200."

The Chatham County Board of Elections still must verify each and every signature gathered.

Rev. Leonard Small of the Unity Political Action Committee says his group's work is not done yet, and he anticipates a legal battle. "I fully expect that someone will contest this process up at Superior Court," he said. "And we will welcome it."

Critics of the recall process have said finding 100 registered voters who voted in the election of the board member being targeted for recall would be tough. Plaines says it's just the opposite. "People are eager to do the recall, because they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of folks running our children the way that they are doing."

The elections board now has five days to verify those signatures turned in.

In the meantime, there's a new twist in the recall process for DeWayne Hamilton. We're told one of those collecting signatures for the Hamilton petition was not a registered voter, so 60 signatures of the 125 collected will not be counted. Recall advocates may have to start all over again in that case.

Most of the board members we tried to contact today were unavailable for comment. We did speak with SuSu Cox, who says she was expecting this, and that it's something she has to deal with.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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