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The Democracy Coalition demands City of Wyoming Mayor resign

City of Wyoming Mayor Kent Vanderwood
City of Wyoming
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City of Wyoming Mayor Kent Vanderwood

The Democracy Coalition promotes voting rights, transparency and accountability. During Tuesday evening's Wyoming City Council meeting its members demanded Mayor Kent Vanderwood step down.

City of Wyoming Mayor Kent Vanderwood is one of 16 state residents charged by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel with election law and forgery felonies in connection with the 2020 presidential election ‘false electors’ scheme. Vanderwood has been charged with eight felonies.

Daniel Rivera is with the Democracy Coalition and elections systems coordinator for Michigan League of Conservation Voters

“Vanderwood must resign from his position, and I say that because doing so is so necessary to ensure that Michigan voters, especially the constituents of the City of Wyoming, myself being one, can continue to trust in the integrity of our local government.”

Brian Lennon is attorney for Kent Vanderwood. In a statement to WGVU he explained, “Mayor Vanderwood will not resign or voluntarily recuse himself from the important and completely unrelated work he is required to perform as the duly-elected Mayor of the City of Wyoming. He looks forward to his vindication in a court of law in Ingham County.”

In July, community members and Democratic State Representatives asked Vanderwood to recuse himself or resign.

A statement from the City of Wyoming reads, “We are aware of the charges against Kent Vanderwood. These actions did not take place in his capacity as a city official. With any charges, there is a legal process that needs to be followed.”

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.