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The Town Clerk on Thursday afternoon certified for circulation a petition seeking to recall District 1 Councilmember and Mayor Paul Donahue.
The Town’s Charter allows a petition to be circulated in attempt to recall a Town Councilmember within a certain timeframe. To do so, petitioners must first get the form of the petition certified for circulation.
Three petitioners – Suzanne Hackett, Malia Reeves and John Buckley – have done so for District 1, which includes parts of The Meadows.
State Statute gives the petitioners 60 days to collect the required number of signatures – 25 percent of the number of votes cast within the district the last time a Councilmember from that district was elected. In this case, that is 147 signatures.
Then, the signatures must be returned to the Town Clerk for verification. If the required number of signatures are verified – and after expiration of any protest or legal challenge – the next step could be a special election, depending on time factors relating to already scheduled elections, such as a general election.
If a recall election were to occur, it would give voters the option to retain or recall Donahue. That election would not include a candidate to replace Donahue, if recalled. Instead, according to Town Charter, that person would be appointed by Council.
It’s important to note Donahue would continue to serve in office while this process takes place. It’s also important to know that the Mayor position is selected by the Council, which would happen separate of any action by Council to replace Donahue, if recalled.
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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