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Kimble Recall Efforts Come To An End
Friday May 04, 2018 1:56pm
Coldwater, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(file photo, courtesy of Branch County)

(COLDWATER) – The recall efforts against Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble have come to an end.

According to the Michigan State Board of Canvassers, a recall petition filed by Alexia and Stephen Rish of Coldwater did not get enough valid signatures from registered voters in Branch County in a 60 day time frame to get the recall of Kimble on the ballot. The Board of Canvassers voted unanimously during their February meeting that the wording on the petition was good.

The Rish's needed to get 2,858 valid signatures. That number is equal to 25 percent of the ballots cast during the 2014 gubernatorial election in Branch County.

Michigan State Law says that a County Prosecutor can only be removed from office by a recall election or by the Governor.

Kimble has been investigated by both the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Attorney General's Office. A sexual harrassment lawsuit was filed against Kimble and Branch County by former County employee Evon Staley in October 2017.

In a post on their Facebook page, the Rish's say they would not pursue another recall petition.

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