Sund critics clear first recall hurdle

Staff Writer
Published: 2/15/2019 11:59:22 PM

GREENFIELD — The first step to recall Precinct 1 Councilor Verne Sund was delivered to the City Clerk’s Office right before closing time Friday. 

The initial process required petitioners to collect 100 signatures from residents in the precinct of the councilor they are looking to recall. 

“I’m not going to resign, anyways,” Sund said Friday evening upon hearing the news. “I don’t see any reason to. They didn’t come and talk to me about anything.”

The recall, which is being led in part by Patty Morey Walker, a former mayoral candiate, initially was set to be delivered a month ago to the clerk. At the time, the general understanding was just 100 signatures of Greenfield residents were needed because the City Charter was not explicit on how to recall a precinct councilor. 

“Time and again, Councilor Sund has made comments that are hurtful to the most vulnerable members of our community,” Katherine Golub, a Precinct 1 resident and recall organizer, said in a release that went out Friday evening.

The recall states Sund is unfit to serve his consituents on three main counts: multiple public remarks the petition calls discrimination against protected classes of citizens; failure to respond to hundreds of official emails and phone calls; and lost confidence that he is fit for office.

Sund said last month  he would not abdicate his seat if the petition goes through. Rather, he was confident he would win a recall election.

The next step is for the City Clerk’s Office to validate the 100 signatures.

Then the first 10 signees of the affadavit will have to go out and collect signatures of 20 percent of the total voters in Greenfield from the city’s last town election —  about 2,400 voters — within 21 day.

After those signatures are validated, Sund can  resign or face a recall election in Precinct 1.

An election would have to occur before July 1 to remove Sund. His term ends at the end of the year and a recall is no longer effective with six months left in a term. Sund can run for re-election in November, which he has said he hasn’t ruled out yet. 

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

413-772-0261, ext. 264


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