Frederick Butler, a 28-year-old Ward 2 resident, told the Board of Elections and Ethics on Monday that he approves the language in his notice of intent to recall the pair of officials, despite a few “grammatical errors” in his submission.
Mr. Butler has 180 days to fill the petition pages with about 45,000 signatures from registered city voters to even get a recall question on the ballot. Signatures must reflect 10 percent of the electorate in five of the city’s eight wards to ensure a breadth of support across the city for a recall election.
Although many have tried, no one has come close to successfully recalling a D.C. mayor.
He said he has hundreds of volunteers willing to help him fill the pages at Metro stops, grocery stores and, most importantly, during the April 3 primary elections in which registered voters will be out in force.
Mr. Butler, a supporter of former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, said his effort is about a “progressive cause” and not about political alliances after Mr. Gray thwarted Mr. Fenty’s bid for a second term 2010 Democratic primary.
For their part, Mr. Gray and Mr. Brown have said they are focused on the business of the city. Both men filed a response to Mr. Butler’s notice of intent to recall with short letters that outline their goals and accomplishments.
During a press briefing in late January, Mr. Gray noted the recall effort was driven by supporters of the former mayor.
“It’s just him playing politics, which I guess is smart,” Mr. Butler said before Monday’s meeting. “I don’t follow any one man, it’s just not in my nature.”
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