Sunday, June 14, 2020

Massachusetts: Two Kingston Selectmen Recall set for June 27

The recall of Kingston Selectmen Chairman Josh Warren and Selectman Elaine Fiore is now set to take place on June 27th, and has been combined with the Annual Town Election.

Petitioners handed in 2200 signatures and got 2073 valid. They needed 1987. The recall effort is over claims of a verbal aggressive attack on Selectman Jessica Kramer by a town employee and Warren's refusal to put the employee on leave. There was a counter claim that petitioners are upset about taxes and are looking for them to fire the Town Administrator.

Both officials are running in the contemporaneous replacement race if the recall is successful. Warren will face Kimberly Emberg and Fiore will face Richard Arruda.

Petitioners need approximately 1987 signatures (20% of registered voters) to get on the ballot.

A third Selectman, Sandy MacFarlane, is up for an election, so she will not be facing a recall effort.

Kingston had a recall in 1991, with Board of Health member Larry Slot being kicked out.

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