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Friday, September 14, 2012

BULLETIN: Council candidate drops out of the race

Mageau slate member sends Board of Elections notice he is dissolving his campaign
David Mars
(source: Peacedale First
Church of God)
By Will Collette

One of the three Charlestown Town Council “Mageau Slate” candidates has pulled out of the race. Candidate David Mars filed a form with the state Board of Elections dissolving his campaign account. That filing plus his premature filing of a campaign finance reportshowing no income and no expenditures are both marked “Withdrawn.”

This was Mr. Mars’s second consecutive run for Town Council partnered with Jim Mageau. In the 2010 election, he finished in tenth place in an eleven-candidate field with 780 votes. Mageau came in dead last with 520 votes.

I asked Mr. Mars for confirmation and for a comment on why he is withdrawing from the Council race. He sent me a very brief e-mail saying, ”Correct, I have withdrawn from the process.”

Even though Mr. Mars’s name remained in the “lottery” held in Town Hall on Thursday to determine each candidate’s spot in the “batting order” on the November 6 general election ballot, Mars’s name will not be on the printed ballot.

I received that confirmation in an e-mail from Town Clerk Amy Rose Weinreich, in which she says: According to the Secretary of State’s Office, because the ballots have not yet gone to the printer, his name will not appear on the ballot.

Mr. Mars also submitted the following letter to the town Board of Canvassers: