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Effort to Hold Recall Vote for School Board President Fallon Fails

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Flemington-Raritan school board President Anna Fallon. Credits: Curtis Leeds / TAPinto Flemington-Raritan file photo
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RARITAN TWP., NJ – An effort to put a question on the November ballot to allow voters to recall Flemington-Raritan school board president Anna Fallon has fallen short.

A press release from The Committee to Recall Anna Fallon noted that a recall election typically allows 180 days to get the necessary number of signatures to earn a spot on the ballot.  

“The committee decided to forgo that time to spare the district the enormous expense of a special election,” the statement said. “We limited ourselves to 76 days to ensure Ms. Fallon’s recall would be placed on the November ballot without incurring extra costs” to residents.

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“In the short time we spent on this recall election, we amassed more signatures than the number of votes cast for Ms. Fallon in her most recent election ... Thousands of voices have spoken through this petition that a change is not only desired, but necessary.”

A “notice of intent” to remove Fallon was received by County Clerk Mary Melfi in June. It was signed by residents Rachael Ladd, Marianne Gallo and Mitchelle Drulis. They said 23 volunteers then circulated the recall petition.

“It is our hope that the momentum generated during the past 76 days continues on to a positive resolution” to the problems facing the K-8 school board, the statement said.  

The petition was not the only challenge to Fallon. Also in June, some school board members themselves also sought her resignation as the board's leader.

At the school board’s annual goal setting meeting on Monday, school board member Tim Bart tied the need for improved board communication to school board leadership.

As TAPinto reported Tuesday, board member Michael Stager said it was a matter of “board governance” and fellow board member Jessica Abbott said the group needs to consider “how our board works ... how we select our leaders.” Bart and fellow board member Chris Walker were named to tackle the challenge, with Bart setting a deadline for himself of Sept. 15 because, “We’ve got an issue that has to be fixed immediately,” he said.

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