Drive-thru petition to remove Austintown Trustee receives over 1,000 signatures
A drive-thru petition signing event to remove Steve Kent from his Austintown Trustee position has already received over 1,000 signatures.
The petition had over 700 signatures when the event started and now has garnered about 1,300 signatures.
To pass, the petition needs 2,290 signatures. Only those registered to vote in Austintown may sign the petition.
A committee that started the event aims to remove Steve Kent from his role as an Austintown Trustee. Kent initially worked as a school resource officer for Poland Schools but was fired by trustees citing "immoral conduct and malfeasance."
The following month, Kent was charged with three counts of sexual battery against a student and one count of tampering with evidence. He pled not guilty to these charges.
Event organizer Brenda Rider tells 21 News some people from Poland will also be at the event to support the cause. Rider describes these guests as "victims of Kent and their families."
Rider went on to say she hopes the committee can reach its signature goal.
"It's not a political thing. It's a matter of right and wrong," Rider said.
The drive-thru signing is happening at 1055 South Raccoon Road at the recycling center until 5 p.m.