Councilor James Burgess is facing a recall threat following his arrest for possession of methamphetamine (and conspiracy to distribute). He missed two council meetings, but has since returned to regular duty.
Burgess argues that the meth was a former tenant's and he was arrested after the police came to serve the tenant. Two of the leaders of the campaign lost races.
Petitioners need to have almost 5000 signatures by late July (20% of registereds). If he resigns, the person who came in second the last election replaces him.
The petitioners claim that there were 29 recall efforts in Massachusetts over the last decade, with 27 removals and five resignations.