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EAST CLEVELAND — Backers of an effort to recall Mayor Gary Norton have fallen short of the needed number of signatures to get the recall on the ballot.

They submitted 728 signatures on petitions but 298 were tossed out for a variety of reasons that made either petitions and/or signatures invalid.

559 valid signatures were required and only 377 were valid.

Norton’s opponents claimed his alleged excessive spending contributed to the city’s dire financial straits.

They also are upset by his efforts to encourage residents to look at the possibility of being annexed by Cleveland, the best step to deal with its money issues.

 

READ MORE: WKYC.com

Article Courtesy of WKYC Channel 3 News

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