University City residents working to recall City Council Member Stephen Kraft have stepped up efforts, distributing fliers to homes and apartments throughout the city's Ward 1.
The anonymous flier urges residents to sign a petition toward a recall election, and lists a website where citizens can contact a "recall volunteer." The volunteer then arranges a time and place for the signing of a petition.
The petition states misconduct in office and "behavior in violation of council rules" as reasons to recall Kraft. Twenty-five percent of the registered voters in Ward 1, or approximately 2,300 signatures, are needed for a recall election to take place.
As part of her Oct. 26 online Bulletin Board, University City Mayor Shelley Welsch urged Ward 1 residents not to sign the recall election petition.
"I can no longer stay silent," she wrote. "Mr. Kraft has been under attack, under ugly attack, since before the April election."
Welsch went on to write that Kraft's opponent in the April election has since been working against Kraft, as have others who worked against four current members of council.
"I encourage Ward 1 residents to say no if asked to sign a petition trying to overturn a legal election of one of your representatives. This is wrong. University City deserves better," according to Welsch.