Hanson: Recall succeeds, override fails

Saturday, Hanson voters returned selectman David Soper to office, rejected a $210,000 override for the schools and recalled health board chairman Tom Constantine. Long-term former health board member Gil Amato will replace him.

Voters encountered two ballots in Saturday’s Annual Town Election. One had a roster of candidates and an override question. The other had a recall question and the name of two candidates for health board.

Incumbent selectman David Soper kept his seat, closely edging challenger Ken Mitchell 721 to 633. The schools asked voters for another $210,000. Voters declined that request 778 to 536.

Voters recalled Hanson Board of Health Chairman Tom Constantine 886 to 316. They then put former health board member Gil Amato on the board, 895 for Amato, 281 for Constantine.

Constantine caused controversy when he banned outdoor activities during last summer’s mosquito season, forced the health agent to aggressively interpret agricultural uses and requested a protective order against the town administrator. A district court judge refused to issue the order. Amato said he intended to help restore normalcy to the board he served on for 22 years.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.