As North Miami prepares to replace its suspended mayor, Lucie Tondreau, Councilman Scott Galvin is hoping to drum up support for an end to "corruption" in the city's government.
Galvin started a petition Tuesday calling for an end to public corruption and demanding that the candidates in upcoming special election be held accountable. And that, in the future, city employees also be called to task because, "their complicity with the inappropriate directions of elected officials so often allow these things to happen," the petition says.
"I see this as an opportunity to give people some hope that the city will be okay," Galvin said.
So far more than 150 people have digitally signed the petition, including former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns and Babacar M'Bow, the city-appointed director of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Galvin said he doesn't have a set number of signatures he wants to reach, saying that it's the first time he's started an online petition, but he plans to post the results on his website. Despite the open-ended language of the petition, he says it will serve as "tangible proof" of the community's opinion.
"People have been so frustrated for so long," Galvin said. "Let's capture this moment and show people that there is hope and they need to be involved."