NEWTON FALLS Council recall petitions certified
Traficant and Davis collected enough signatures to run for Congress as independents.
By STEPHEN SIFF
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
WARREN -- The recall of two Newton Falls councilmen that was called off has been called back on.
The Trumbull County Board of Elections certified petitions Tuesday for voters to decide if Lester Irwin, 2nd Ward, and Thomas McKee, 4th Ward, should be kicked out of office.
This is the second time recall petitions have been filed for these two councilmen, who have attracted flak for supporting Newton Falls' downtown redevelopment project, known as "streetscape."
Last month, the board of elections revoked its initial approval of an earlier set of recall petitions after the councilmen protested that the petitions lacked a legally required warning against election fraud.
The new petitions contain the warning, said Lyn M. Augustine, the board's deputy director. The petitions were reviewed by Jim Saker, an assistant county prosecutor, she said.
Irwin and McKee have until Friday to resign and avoid having to stand for election to keep their positions.
Both men have said previously they will not resign.
If the councilmen do not resign, village council must schedule an election between 30 and 40 days from when the petitions were certified. In this case, that's between Aug. 10 and 20, Augustine said.
The board of elections will accept petitions from candidates who wish to replace the two councilmen up to 20 days before the election.
A recall election in the two wards, with about 600 voters each, will cost taxpayers about $1,200, she said.
The board also certified petitions to put James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland and Warren Davis of Bay Village on the ballot as independent candidates for the 17th Congressional District.
Petitions to put Werner Lange of Newton Falls on the ballot as an independent candidate for the 65th state House seat also were certified.