Wareham Board of Selectmen recall, Massachusetts 2009

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An effort to recall four out of five Wareham board members and the town moderator from their positions Plymouth County, Massachusetts was launched in June 2009. The targeted officials included selectmen Bruce Sauvageau, Brenda Eckstrom, John Cronan and Jane Donahue, as well as town moderator John Donahue. Only one selectman, Walter Cruz, was exempt from the recall campaign.[1] Recall supporters said they hoped to have an election at the end of summer 2009.

According to the Wareham Recall 2009 official website, the recall effort gained little ground.[2]


Supporters for a recall election created a website warehamrecall09.webs.com to advocate in favor of the recall. Website creators and recall supporters opted to remain anonymous because they claimed, "the Selectmen have unfairly targeted their opponents."[3]

Case for a recall:[4]

  • Violation of the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law
    • "an illegal June 2 executive meeting"
  • Violation of the state public records law
    • failing to comply with requests
    • removing meeting minutes
  • Violation of the Wareham Home Rule Charter
    • ordering the removal of meeting minutes
  • Decisions that have waste taxpayer money

Additional allegations against each targeted town board member and the town moderator can be viewed here.


Bob Brady, a former selectman and organizer of Citizens for a Better Wareham, said he opposes the recall because "the timing is wrong." According to Brady, a recall election can't happen any earlier than Fall 2009; six months after the town's elections.[1]

Open meetings law violation

In December 2009 the Plymouth County District Attorney's office found the Wareham Board of Selectman in violation of the state's Open Meeting Law. According to the assistant district attorney, Mary Lee, the board violated the law during executive session on May 26 and June 2, 2009. Lee said the board violated the law by "discussing matters that exceeded the scope of the stated purpose."[5]

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