Petition against Councilman Clayton heats up - KOTA Territory News

Petition against Councilman Clayton heats up

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It's crunch time for petitioners in Rapid City, as they look to get enough signatures to initiate a recall election for Alderman Bill Clayton's city council seat.    

Last August, former African American TV reporter Taisha Walker, filed a complaint against Clayton, based on remarks he made to her. Walker says he told her to go back to Kenya.

The remarks caused a stir and lead former Councilman Gary Brown to take initiative.

Brown says they have collected about half of the 6,200 signatures needed for the recall. With time running out, he knows there is a lot of work to be done.    

"We feel it's the right thing," said Brown. "To get some good personal integrity back in our city council working in a forward direction for the city."  

"To recall Clayton, Brown needs signatures equaling at least 15 percent of the total voters in the last election, something former State Senator J.P. Duniphan says should be reconsidered.   

"I think it's more relevant on any recall that the number needed be the number of voters in the ward, not the entire municipality," said Duniphan.  

The deadline to gather the signatures is May 15th.

Alderman Clayton says he is not worried about the effort to recall him, he says he does not believe petitioners will be able to collect enough signatures.

Clayton still contends that the statements he made to Walker were not racist. He says her statements about the conversation the two of them had have not been consistent.

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