Petition to recall WR councilman rejected

WARNER ROBINS – An attempt to recall City Councilman Bob Wilbanks has failed, according to a letter from the city's elections superintendent.

Former Councilman Mike Brashear said a letter from Warner Robins Elections Superintendent Vida Rawls he received by mail Tuesday afternoon listed three bullet points for the rejection of the recall petition, which was filed Friday. Among them:

- The original application, picked up at City Hall by Councilman John Williams, did not have a written statement of fact as to why the recall process was being initialized.

- The signatures collected had not been numerically ordered or bound.

- A spot on the recall form asking for the reason for recall was not filled out as requested. Brashear said it was attached on another sheet.

Brashear said Friday he had taken the lead on the initiative to recall Wilbanks because he and others in the District 4 constituency had lost faith in Wilbanks’ ability to lead.

“There was no doubt in my mind (that the recall would go through),” Brashear said Tuesday afternoon. “Wilbanks did not violate any law. This was strictly a vote of no confidence.”

Brashear said he’s been advised that because the petition did not go before a judge, the 60-day waiting period before filing a new recall doesn’t exist. But he won’t be starting another campaign immediately.

“I have not had a chance to run it in front of legal representation,” he said. “First, I’ll wait to see what they say. And we’ll just go from there.”

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