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Benton Harbor community reacts to possible mayoral recall election

Benton Harbor community members are preparing to cast their votes for the mayoral recall election on May 6, but that could change.
The Berrien County Clerk's office has filed a petition to postpone the election. This is a result of Reverend Edward Pinkney's arrest. The community shared their thoughts about the arrest.

"I'm appalled to think Reverend Pinkney would do something like that. I really don't believe it," Benton Harbor resident Rose Hines said.

"I feel it's a big misfortune with Reverend Pinkney with all the allegations he's brought forth on Mr. Hightower,” Benton Harbor resident John Bentley said. “It's going to bring a set back to everything."

That potential set-back would be pushing back the election that is less than two weeks away. Some of the residents who spoke with FOX 28 say they are in support of the Berrien County Clerk's petition.

"I think it'd be the best thing for right now until everything is settled," Bentley said.

"I think that it should be pushed back because people aren't really paying attention," Benton Harbor resident Dewayne Osler said.

One resident argued against the idea of postponing the recall election between current Mayor James Hightower and his opponent Marcus Muhammad.

"We should have someone who represents our community to the best of their ability and knowledge so I'm hoping that they do continue to have the election," Hines said.

There were a number of Benton Harbor residents who shared they were unaware of the situation surrounding Hightower, Muhammad, and Pinkney. Osler says that a possible delay in the election may help the community educate themselves.

"More people will start looking and say 'Oh dang they're pushing it back so they must really be talking about something," Osler said.

The clerk says if the petition goes through, the recall election would not be rescheduled until the prosecution of the recent criminal charges with Pinkney have come to a complete end.
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