The Exeter Board of Canvassers will decide this week on a date for a recall election of four of the town’s five councilors. The recall was forced by gun rights advocates who opposed the council’s vote to transfer concealed weapons permits applications from the town clerk to the attorney general’s office. Both sides anticipate an old-fashioned grassroots campaign.
Exeter town council president Arlene Hicks says she’ll fight for her job the way she got it in the first place – by knocking on doors and sending out mailers.
"Our message will be that we’ve been working in the best interests of the town, that at no time did we violate anybody’s second amendment rights and that our past record justifies our being kept on the council," said Hicks.
Brian Bishop, a spokesman for the recall group “We The People of Exeter” says they have a similar campaign strategy in mind.
"The campaign in a sense is going to be like the signature gathering campaign which you know when we were out sometimes people would have a sign on the side of their car but it was principally visiting. It was person to person kind of campaigning and I think we intend to maintain that style," said Bishop.
The election will be held the first or second week of December.
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