EAST CLEVELAND -- The political opponents of Mayor Gary Norton have again turned in too few signatures to muster a recall election against him.
The group needs 559 valid signatures. The latest submission included 801 signatures but 375 were found invalid. The 426 legitimate signatures came up far short of the goal.
It's the same result as the group's last effort earlier this year.
His critics say Norton has mismanaged the struggling city's finances and are upset with his efforts to consider annexing the city into Cleveland.
Mayor Norton's response to the latest failed effort?
"After four recall attempts, East Clevelanders see that recalling a single mayor will do nothing to change the city's economic, financial or social conditions. Our city faces tremendous systemic challenges which require systemic solutions. Blaming individuals cannot improve the situation," Norton said.
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