Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rhode Island: Exeter gun control recall set for December 14, with bizarre replacement rules

The recall of four Exeter Council members, Council President Arlene B. Hicks, Vice President William Monahan, Robert Johnson and Calvin A. Ellis, is set to take place on December 14 (a Saturday). The issue was the council members support for a bill (that didn't pass) asking the state Attorney General to take over gun permit approval.  
The four are all Democrats. The one council member not facing a recall is independent Raymond A. Morrissey Jr.
This is Exeter's first recall, and the first one I've seen in Rhode Island. The recall law is very odd. There is no replacement race. The replacement is the loser in last November's election (the highest vote-getter if there are multiple candidates). One of the four ran unopposed, so the new council members were then select his replacement.

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