ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WAVY) - WAVY.com continues its exclusive investigation into charges of racism in Isle of Wight County.
Efforts to remove two political leaders from office for so-called racist emails moved swiftly Friday. So many calls came into the County's voter registrar, a member of the electoral board was staffing the phone.
The recall effort now has an attorney and at least two candidates are gathering signatures to run for the School Board. They have team leaders that are organizing the effort to get the necessary signatures to ask a County Judge to hear the motion for recall.
"I don't have a racist bone in my body," said School Board Member Herb DeGroft. "I am not resigning as of now."
School Board Members called DeGroft an embarrassment after he emailed pictures of topless female warriors calling it Michelle Obama's high school reunion. One email claims Ms. Obama was offered $50 dollars to pose naked in National Geographic. Those emails were forwarded by Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Byron Bailey.
"When you make a mistake like this, saying you are sorry just doesn't cut it," said Attorney Stan Clark. "You are not fit to continue on in public service after doing this."
Clark who lost his Supervisor seat to Bailey is now the attorney behind the recall of Bailey and DeGroft for sending the emails.
"Unfortunately, we have a cancer in Isle of Wight County, and we need to excise the cancer," said Clark. "That's what they are calling and telling me, that's what they want to do."
Clark's reasons to petition for Bailey and DeGroft's recall and removal from office are in the State Code:
"For neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties...(that) has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office."
"The emails have vulgarity, profanity, and nudity ... they are racist," said Clark.
Bailey beat Clark in 2011 after Clark served 12 years on the Board of Supervisors. Bailey is not up for re-election until 2015. He said he may run again.
DeGroft is the only filed candidate in his district for this year's school board race.
He has two opponents now: Tina Hill, who is a clinic supervisor at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and Alvin Wilson.
"I'm a child of God, so I believe in forgiveness," said Hill. "You have to pay the price, and sometimes that price is you are not in public office. That's because the example you set has been ruined, and you must earn that trust back."
Clark also thinks the State Attorney General needs to launch his own investigation into this email scandal.
"There were public computers used here," said Clark. "Mr. Bailey sent his emails to County computers.
Mr. DeGroft used his own county computer to forward some of these emails in the past."
School Board Member Denise Tynes confirmed that she got an email from DeGroft's County email with a President Obama joke in January 2012: the President's face was on a picture of a Food Stamp.
The issue with Tynes became such a concern the Attorney who represents the School Board, Paul Burton, reminded Board members of the parameters of appropriate emails. He also expressed concerns over some of the emails.
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