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Lawrence Board of Registrars to Meet Wednesday on Recall of Mayor Dan Rivera

Sept 8, 2015|9PM

RIveraEfforts to recall Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera will move forward as the Lawrence Board of Registrars (BOR) has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday September 9th, on the recall affidavit submitted by attorney and funeral home director Louis Farrah. 

The recall affidavit was submitted by Farrah on behalf of a group calling themselves The Foundation for Transparency in Government. 

Farrah submitted an affidavit  for a recall election to remove Mayor Rivera from office containing more than 180 names. 100 signatures from Lawrence voters are required to hold a recall, Farrah submitted more than 180 names and had a 136 certified by BOR. 

“One hundred or more voters may file with the city clerk an affidavit containing the name of the officer whose recall is sought and a statement of the grounds upon which the petition is based not less than twelve months prior to the expiration of the term of office. The names on the affidavit shall be from the city at large.” Lawrence City Charter Section 9.7 (b):

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Atty Louis Farrah of the Farrah Funeral Home

The signatures were filed on Wednesday September 2nd.

Once the BOR votes to certify at last 100 signatures at their next meeting, they will then release recall petitions that must be signed by at least fifteen percent of the total number of people registered to vote in the preceding city election. ” With almost 36,000 voters (in a population of more than 90,000)  recall organizers will have to gather nearly 5,400 valid signatures of registered voters for a recall election to be called. 

If successful, the city council will send a letter to the mayor he must decide if he wants to resign with five days of receiving it. If he chooses not to resign, a recall election will be called within 90 days.

The ballot will contain two questions. Ballot Question #1: Do you wish to recall mayor Dan Rivera?

Those who vote yes on question one can choose from a list of candidates who have submitted nomination papers. If there is a large number of candidates the replacement will need only a handful of votes to win as there will be no runoff election.

Mayor Rivera did release a statement to The Valley Patriot on the recall: Mayor Responds to Recall Against Him Recall Supporters Charge “Political Retaliation.

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Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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One Response to Lawrence Board of Registrars to Meet Wednesday on Recall of Mayor Dan Rivera

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