Campaign finance records show that gun-rights supporters were outspent during the recall of four Exeter town council members back in December.
Back in December there was a special election to recall four Exeter town council members for their support of a move to take gun permitting out of the hands of the town clerk and let the attorney general’s office do the permitting.
Four Exeter town councilors have easily survived a recall election spawned by critics of a plan to transfer control of concealed weapons permits from the town to the state. Unlike most towns, Exeter is so small it has no police department and councilors felt the town clerk didn’t have the resources needed to do the job properly. The results of the election plus reaction from both sides.
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Voters head to the polls in Exeter on Saturday for a recall election that could send a majority of the town council packing.
The recall was sparked by a dispute over gun permits. It started after four out of five town councilors supported a move to put permits for concealed weapons in the hands of the attorney general instead of the town clerk.
Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with political analyst Scott MacKay to find out what's at stake in this unusual election.
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.
The chairwoman of the Exeter Board of Canvassers said it looks like there are enough petition signatures to warrant recall elections against four of the town’s five town councilors. The recall stems from a controversy about who should handle background checks for concealed weapons permits.
The chair of the Exeter Board of Canvassers said they have enough signatures to justify a recall election against town council president Arlene Hicks and expect to have enough signatures to subject three of her colleagues to recalls as well.
An Exeter man has been treated for the first human case of West Nile in Rhode Island this year.
The Rhode Island Department of Health said the 33-year-old Exeter man first started developing symptoms on September 11. Two days later he was at South County Hospital, diagnosed with viral meningitis caused by West Nile Virus. He was released a few days later and is recovering at home.
State police are working to identify human remains found in Exeter. The remains were found about two miles from where a man disappeared four months ago.
The investigation began Friday when a hunter found the human remains in a heavily wooded area near Purgatory road in Exeter. State police say there are no overt signs of foul play but they’re treating the case as a homicide so that all potential evidence is preserved.