Tamarac Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad Recall Election Set for October 15
Courtesy of Sharon Aron Baron
Now that Tamarac Commissioner "Positively Patte" Atkins-Grad's recall has been made official, it was time to wait for the recall election date to be announced.
And that time is today.
On Wednesday morning, Broward's chief judge announced that the recall election will be held on October 15.
It will be Broward's first recall election in 50 years.
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Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in District 2 only during the election, with six poll workers posted at eight locations, according to the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office.
Atkins-Grad, acquitted of corruption charges last year, became the focus of a committee that charged itself with ousting her from office.
Positively Patte was acquitted on charges of bribery, official misconduct, receiving unlawful compensation, and conspiring to commit unlawful compensation in December after she threw herself a big ol' victory party hoedown that many saw as quite shady.
But a recall committee's door-to-door campaign got underway. The group made two separate efforts to gather signatures from folks to have Adkins-Grad removed from office.
Atkins-Grad had tried to stop the recall in court but was shot down by a judge. She has since appealed that ruling.
The committee got the 1,875 signed petitions needed to meet its goal (it blew out its goal by 421), making Adkins-Grad's recall official.
Just this past month, Adkins-Grad was involved in an incident in which she threw water at a Tamarac resident during a city event and, according to an incident report, shouted at a group of anti-Patte members there (who were kinda minding their own business) "that they would burn in hell for what they were trying to do."
Now those "hell-bound" peeps and their fellow Tamarac residents will have a chance to officially have Adkins-Grad booted from office.
The recall election ballot that people will find on October 15 will read, "Shall Patricia Atkins-Grad be removed from the office of by recall?"
They will then have to choose between: "Patricia Atkins-Grad should be removed from office" or "Patricia Atkins-Grad should not be removed from office."
See also: Some Tamarac Residents Want Patte Atkins-Grad Recalled Tamarac Commissioner Patricia Atkins-Grad's Motion to Stop Recall Denied by Judge Tamarac Man Says Commissioner Atkins-Grad Threw Water at Him; He Intends to Press Charges