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Recall effort against Jackson County sheriff moves forward

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A recall petition against Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand is moving forward.

The Board of State Canvassers approved petition language Monday. The board rejected several previous applications.  

The recent push started after Rand was accused of making sexist, racist and other inappropriate statements. The sheriff has apologized, but that’s not enough for Dean Schuette, the man behind the recall campaign.

“Sheriff Rand probably just should have resigned when this first happened,” says Schuette. "There’s no fixing this problem that he’s created all by himself.”

Schuette hopes to collect enough signatures to put the recall on the May 2019 ballot.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.