Camilla group to file recall petition against mayor

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Around 200 people have signed a petition in order to recall Mayor Rufus Davis.

The petition lists several complaints against Davis, including that the city government is racist.

Davis can challenge the recall in Superior Court.

A judge will decide if the residents' case is strong enough to remove Davis from office.

WCTV has reached out to both the Mayor's Office and the lawyers for those originating the petition, but have not heard back from either.

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 13, 2018

CAMILLA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Camilla residents are filing a petition to recall Mayor Rufus Davis.

The community is now torn, with the mayor front and center. Both sides are upset and taking legal action.

"I think it's ridiculous," says a Camilla resident of 51 years.

He wanted to weigh in off camera to avoid backlash from the community.

"He wants to see the citizens of Camilla thrive. That means any race in the city of Camila. It doesn't mean just black or white," says the resident.

Some residents are defending Mayor Davis, while others are making allegations against him, such as referring to his town as racist.

Downtown shops say they watched people gather over the weekend to collect signatures for a recall petition against the mayor.

"In my perspective, the mayor hasn't done anything to the community for us to feel that way. That's just my opinion, but I don't think he should be removed," says Mike Ross.

Ross is another longtime resident. He says he doesn't understand the recall, but says it might have something to do with Davis' support behind a controversial fence that once segregated a local cemetery.

"I feel like the cemetery really triggered it because it's spiraled a lot of heat," says Ross.

We've reached out to Mayor Davis, but have not heard back.

The group filing for his removal declined to comment.

Some residents say they think the real issue is change.

"They're just afraid of change," says one resident. "They think the old way is going to live forever and it's not. Times are changing every day, so why can't we get with the program."

The City says the group has until Friday at 5 p.m. to file the petition. After, a superior court will handle the matter.