James Egan and Stephen Amico recall, Hanson, Massachusetts recall (2014)

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An effort to recall selectmen James Egan and Stephen Amico in Hanson, Massachusetts from their positions was launched in early 2014. A recall election is scheduled to take place in June 2014.

At issue is Egan's and Amico's support for a $58 million elementary school project.[1]

Because of his re-election, Egan was not able to be recalled.[2] Amico was successfully recalled and replaced by James McGahan.[3]

Official's response

Amico said, "I will stick to my guns that everything that [recall organizer Mark Vess] said is a total fabrication and untrue. I've done nothing wrong. Mr. Egan has done nothing wrong."[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Massachusetts

Within the first three days of the petition process, recall proponents collected 500 signatures. Recall organizer Mark Vess said, "This is a very, very strong effort. I am completely confident that [the requirement for] all three precincts will be met comfortably."[1]

Signatures from at least 10 percent of the registered voters in each of Hanson's three precincts were needed to trigger a recall election -- roughly 700 signatures total. Recall supporters ultimately filed 1,054 signatures for Egan's recall petition and 1,064 for Amico's, thereby triggering a recall election. The recall was scheduled to take place on June 28, 2014. Recall proponents had 20 days from the start of petition circulation to collect the requisite signatures.[1][4][5]

Egan won re-election during the regularly scheduled municipal elections in May and thus ineligible for recall.[4][2] Amico was successfully recalled and replaced by.[3]

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