Burfoot Recall Committee Meets First Requirement

By Leonard E. Colvin
Chief Reporter
New Journal and Guide

Leaders of the Norfolk Citizens Recall Committee that is seeking to remove Norfolk City Treasurer Anthony Burfoot from office say they have completed the first step in the process.

John Wesley Hill, a leader of the recall committee, said his group is required to turn in 4,353 signatures of Norfolk voters and that goal has been met. Now he is ready to submit the signed petitions with 4,700-plus names to the Norfolk Registrar’s Office this week.

The group was required to get 4,353 or 10 percent of the 43,000 residents who participated in the contest which elected Burfoot to office in 2013. But Hill said to assure that his group has the required number of signatures, it will submit petitions with 4,700-plus names to the Norfolk Registrar. According to Norfolk City Attorney Bernard Pishko, the Norfolk City Registrar will then certify if the committee has secured the required number of signatures. If so, the Registrar then will submit the petitions to the Clerk of the Circuit Court who will assign a judge to the case with Burfoot as the defendant and the committee as plaintiffs.

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