Commission rejects 6 petitions to recall Warren Mayor Jim Fouts

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts

All six recall petitions filed against Warren Mayor Jim Fouts have been rejected.

The Macomb County Election Commissioner met Monday to review the petitions, which were determined to have spelling mistakes or weren’t clear and factual.

Warren resident Joseph Hunt filed the petitions in an effort to recall the mayor.

One of the petitions was over audio recordings in which Mayor Fouts’ called black people “chimps,” older women “dried-up c**ts” and people with disabilities “animals” that belong in a cage. In that petition, Hunt misspelled Fouts’ last name.

Another two petitions addressed the tapes, and the final three involved the state investigation into Fouts’ alleged misuse of public money for a political action committee.

Hunt said he may appeal the decisions to the circuit court.

Fouts has resisted calls to resign.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.