Recall launched against Green Charter Twp Supervisor James Chapman over CCP Gotion deal
Organizers say he's just the first township leader who will be subjected to a removal attempt

A recall petition has been filed against Green Charter Township Supervisor James Chapman over his attempt to bring a Chinese Communist Party-linked battery company to the Mecosta County community.

The Midwesterner obtained a copy of the petition which states Chapman should be recalled from office because of his support for a resolution to bring the 3 million sq-foot facility by Gotion High-Tech to the rural community:

"Because James Chapman voted yes to approve a resolution by the Township Board of the Township at a special meeting held on the 13th day of December 2022 entitled the Charter Township of Green, County of Mecosta Resolution No. 01-122022, a Resolution to support Gotion, Inc. and their bringing their industrial project to Green Charter Township."

The petition language was filed with Mecosta County Clerk Marcee Purcell on Tuesday.

Organizers tell The Midwesterner Chapman is just the first township leader who will be subjected to a recall attempt.

The county is required to hold a clarity hearing within 20 business days "to review the language of the recall petition for accuracy." If it is approved, organizers will be able to collect signatures to force a recall vote on Chapman.

The recall attempt comes as residents are increasingly opposing Chapman's attempt to bring Gotion High-Tech, a Chinese battery maker, to the community with $715 million in state taxpayer cash and tax incentives.

Chapman's behavior during the secretive process, along with that of Trustee Dale Jernstadt, has roiled the community.

When an attendee attempted to ask a question before a hastily arranged Friday morning meeting, Chapman snapped:

At another meeting -- which was forced outside due to the large number of residents who attended -- Jernstadt appeared to mutter, "What a bitch," after being castigated by a speaker during public comment:

Opponents of the CCP Gotion project are holding a rally Saturday. The Midwesterner will be livestreaming the event.