Special Election Called to Fill Ward 1 Council Seat Vacancy

March 4, 2015
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The Revere City Clerk and the Election Commission will likely call for a Special Election after the March 9 City Council meeting in order to fill the vacancy in Ward 1 left by the passing of Richard Penta last week.

According to election officials, a Special Election must take place for a vacated ward seat if there is more than six month left in a term. For purposes of the law, a term ends on Dec. 31, meaning that any vacancy prior to June in an election year, such as this, would require a Special Election.

Any candidate prevailing in the Special Election would have to also run in the November City Election.

The same situation unfolded when the late Ward 1 Councillor Jim Kimmerle passed away in office during early 2010. That was not an election year, but a Special Election was held.

In that election, Corey Abrams beat Penta.

However, Abrams resigned after eight days, triggering another Special Election that Penta won.

Were it an at-large vacancy, there would be a different process.

In an at-large seat, the runner up is automatically sworn in – as was done when the late Councillor George Colella died in 2010.

During that process, former Councillor John Correggio was sworn into the seat, having been the runner up in the 2009 City Election.

Election Commissioner Diane Colella said the process is governed by Special Legislation (Chapter 147) passed by the state legislature in 2004.

That, in large part, was to replace the process used to fill in the vacant seat left when At-Large Councillor Joe DelGrosso passed away while in office. In that process, the Council changed protocol and instead of nominating the runner-up, Carol Sinclair, it chose to put in a placeholder – which was Kenny Haggar.

Diane Colella said the current process could not be changed in the current situation.

City Councillors on March 9 are expected to make public remembrances to their late colleague.

Following that, the election will be called and a detailed election calendar will be released afterward.

  • George J Rotondo Jr.

    I would hope the Revere City Council would change the current law to reflection the provision afforded to Councilors at Large.

  • Sam Adams

    Can we get some pro lower tax candidates for a change? Anyone who owns a home in Revere who just received their property tax bill, knows exactly what I’m talking about.

    Stop voting the same tax and spend liberals into office people. Support fiscal conservatives and vote with your wallet. Keep some of your hard earned income for a change. Now THAT’S the kind of change you can take to the bank.

  • Legal Taxpayer

    Amen, Sam Adams. But how would the city be able to pay to educate and provide aid to all the illegals, oops, ‘Americans in Waiting'(according to our Messiah, Obama), if all us hard working citizens and legal immigrants got a tax break? What are you thinking? We need to bend over and take more of it!

  • Sam Adams

    We need to throw every “spend and tax & tax & tax & tax” bloodsucker out of office.

    I’m sick and tired of bending over.

    I’m sick and tired of confiscatory taxation.

    I’m sick and tired of seeing the fruits of my labor stolen
    from me through force, and given to illegal aliens WHO DO NOTHING TO EARN IT, while our veterans are denied health care, housing and jobs.

    I’m sick and tired of the one-party system in Massachusetts.

    I’m sick and tired of the lies, the corruption, the dysfunction, and the ineptitude.

    I’m sick and tired of looking for ways to reduce my budget in order to pay these ever increasing taxes, while the blood suckers refuse to decrease their budgets.

    And I’m REALLY sick and tired of seeing these same blood suckers undermining our Constitution and our rights as American citizens!

    I’m just sick and tired of living in this state and in this city. Taxation without representation is all I get.

    I’m voting with my feet.

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