ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - More than 300 people signed a petition calling for the recall and removal of Vice-Chairman of Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors Byron "Buzz" Bailey.
The "Recall Bailey from Office" team leaders showed up at Circuit Court with what they needed to recall and remove Bailey from office.
"We are very grateful that we live in such a country and a state that allows such a petition drive like this to exist," said Puglisi who helped organize the petition drive.
The Clerk of Circuit Court in Isle of Wight County, Sharon Jones, received the list of names Friday morning.
"We will issue a rule to show cause on Mr. Bailey, and have that served by the Sheriff's Department, and a
show cause why he should not be removed," said Jones.
The petition exceeded the 238 signature minimum requirement.
The recall followed emails that many think are racist. One of them shows tribal woman with spears claiming it is First Lady Michelle Obama's High School Reunion. Another email says she was offered $50 to pose naked in National Geographic. When Bailey forwarded the emails he wrote, "This is too funny."
Petition Organizer Brenda Lee said, "I just think he either doesn't think before he speaks, or he's just not thinking at all."
In May, the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors voted to keep Byron Bailey as Vice-Chairman despite community outrage over the emails.
After that meeting, Bailey said, "I was elected by the people in the Newport district. If they choose to do a recall election, we'll just have to do it."
WAVY.com learned Bailey forwarded the emails that originated from school board member Herb DeGroft , who is also under fire to resign and has already said he will not seek re-election in November .
Judge Carl Eason set next Friday as the hearing date.
WAVY News 10 was first to break the story on this Isle of Wight email controversy .
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