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Ronald W. Jones, Jr. recall, Beachwood, New Jersey, 2009

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A petition has been filed to recall Mayor Roy W. Jones, Jr. in Beachwood, New Jersey. The petition was submitted on August 11, 2009 but was not approved by Borough Clerk Elizabeth Mastropasqua when she deemed 176 signatures invalid more than a week later. The petition then went from 1,854 signatures to 1,678, leaving the effort shy of the required 1,752. The recall committee then submitted 22 signatures, putting the total to 1,700, but still left the petition shy by a little more than 50 signatures. As a result, the petition was rejected for a second time. The recall committee had option of appealing to the state Superior Court. The recall petition was subsequently withdrawn due to a lack of signatures. According to Roger Hull, chairman of the committee organizing the recall, the group was past the deadline for the November 3 election and did not want a special election. Hull stated: "The whole process is coming to an end, unfortunately. The ultimate problem is that we did not get enough signatures."[1][2]

The recall began just seven months into Jones' term after residents accused the former police dispatcher of being an unstable leader due to his alleged history of mental-health problems. Among the issues surrounding Jones is his 24-year-old son, a registered sex offender, illegally staying over at the mayor's house without warning. Also, residents are alleging that the mayor is abusing his position by using the borough car for personal reasons. After the effort failed, the mayor stated: "I'm happy it's coming to a conclusion here.I want to stop the personal attacks, because it really is a black eye on the community, and the public deserves better. If we all work together and get past the personalities, we can do better for Beachwood." [3]

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