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Protests were filed in a recall effort that continues to make its way through the process.
Eight protests were filed against the recall petition for District 1 Councilman and Mayor Paul Donahue this week, and they will now go to a hearing.
A hearing for all eight protests is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 28, in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. During that hearing an independent officer will hear the protests. After that hearing, the officer will rule on the validity of each protest.
Earlier this month, Town Council appointed that independent officer. Karen Goldman, current deputy city clerk for the City of Aurora, was selected based on her more than 25 years of experience as a clerk, including as a hearing officer over election protests for several municipalities.
The Town’s Charter allows a petition to be circulated in attempt to recall a Town Councilmember within a certain timeframe. A group of petitioners have done so in an effort to recall Donahue. They obtained the required number of signatures, and a protest has been filed. Depending on the independent hearing officer’s decision, Town Council will address the timing of an election.
After the hearing, the Town will continue to update the community on this process.
It’s important to note Donahue will continue to serve in office while this recall process takes place.
Donahue was first elected in 2008, and most recently elected in 2012. His term will expire in November, and he is term-limited.
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