ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WAVY) - For the second time in five days, an Isle of Wight County political leader faces petitions to remove him from office. On Friday it was Supervisor Byron Bailey. Tuesday it was school board member Herb De Groft.
Tuesday, De Groft found out his constituents filed petitions with the court to recall and remove him from office for emails containing what some consider racist jokes.
Dottie Harris, President of the IOW branch of the NAACP, was a long-time supporter of De Groft, but not anymore.
"Mr. De Groft would not step down. His actions show he has little support for women and for minorities, and he's an elected official. That type of behavior will not be tolerated," said Harris.
Harris got 238 signatures to recall De Groft, which is more than the 205 required for recall and removal from office. The decision to remove will be determined by a judge who may consider the offense does not rise to the level of removal from office.
The names will not be confirmed by the Voter Registrar unless ordered by the court.
De Groft would not not give WAVY.com an on-camera interview Tuesday, but said, "The NAACP Chapter has to do what it has to do. The process has to go forward and the court will make the decision according to the law."
De Groft decided not to seek re-election in November after much criticism over the emails, but that's not soon enough for some.
"He will be sitting on that seat for four months, and we want him off immediately," said Harris.
De Groft will be in court Monday to face his recall and removal from office hearing, and Supervisor Byron Bailey will be in court Friday.
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