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Camilla group working to recall city council members

A Camilla group has put together a recall petition against four city council members. (Source:WALB) A Camilla group has put together a recall petition against four city council members. (Source:WALB)
These are the four city council members the group is trying to remove. (Source:City of Camilla website) These are the four city council members the group is trying to remove. (Source:City of Camilla website)
Tommy Coleman, City Attorney (Source:WALB) Tommy Coleman, City Attorney (Source:WALB)
Gwyneth Thomas, Co-Founder of Citizens of Camilla Evolutionary Organization. (Source:WALB) Gwyneth Thomas, Co-Founder of Citizens of Camilla Evolutionary Organization. (Source:WALB)
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -

A group in Camilla is working to recall four city council members they feel aren't fairly representing the city well.

Gwyneth Thomas is one of the founders of Citizens of Camilla Evolutionary Organization.

"All we want to do is have a fair chance at receiving the benefits that we deserve as being citizens of this city and taxpayers,” said Gwyneth Thomas, Co-Founder.

They put together a recall petition against City Council members Annie Doris Willingham, Vivian Smith, Bryant Campbell and Danny Palmer.

"The citizens of Camilla voices have not been heard in this city for a long, long time,” said Thomas.

The group is claiming the city leaders violated the open meetings law.

"They're not meeting their obligations in fact they've shown us that they don't even want to hear our interests,” said Thomas.

"I'm aware of what goes on down there pretty well and I'm confident there were no violations of the open meetings law,” said Tommy Coleman, City Attorney.

However the petition failed. Two of them weren't notarized and the other two weren't returned. Thomas says that was due to some confusion.

"We didn't know anything about all of the rules and regulations for getting the recall petition completed,” said Thomas.

So, they're restarting the process and they're on a deadline.

"You have to do all of this within 15 days,” said Coleman.

"We just want to do the right thing,” said Thomas. “We just want to stay within the guidelines of the law. We aren’t trying to smear nobody's name, bring no skeletons out of the closet. "

The group has until the 21st to turn in the completed petitions.

If the group gets signatures of 100 people who voted the last time each council member was elected the petition will go before a judge who must find sufficient reason for the recall, then another petition would be issued.

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