Resident Starts Recall Petition To Remove Mayor Mario Blount From Office
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 23, 2014 @ 11:43PM
Created on June 23, 2014 @ 9:58PM
Bridgeport resident, Stephen McElroy, started a recall petition in an effort to remove Mayor Mario Blount from office on Monday night, and he addressed council and renewed his request for Blount to resign.
Blount was arrested earlier this month after being indicted by a federal grand jury for the alleged illegal distribution of oxycodone and oxymorphone while working as a pharmacist at Best Care Pharmacy.
According to the city charter, McElroy needs 10% of registered voters (which is approximately 700 signatures) plus a bond to cover the cost of the recall election to move this recall effort forward.
"Citizens of Bridgeport do not need to be divided by this controversy. We need to put this issue behind us and move forward in a positive direction. My hope is that the mayor will resign and allow that to happen," said McElroy.
"He is a citizen of Bridgeport. He has the right to talk about it, he has the right to ask for it. So, he is more than welcome to state his opinion, and I hold no ill will for him and I hope he has no ill will for me. But at this particular time I am not going to resign," explained Blount.
Blount is due back in court on July 10 for a motions hearing. His trial is set for August 4.
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