NG recall effort: ‘We can do better as a town’

A group of New Gloucester residents say that Selectman George Colby’s recent actions are reflective of a trend of inappropriate behavior.

| Emily Bader, Lakes Region Weekly |

NEW GLOUCESTER — A group of residents seeking to recall Selectman George Colby say they expect to have enough signatures on their petition by the end of the month for a townwide vote.

Cameron Dufty, who started the group New Gloucester United Against Racism last summer, said that Colby’s statements at a Selectboard meeting last month “were rooted in racism.”

At the end of the Pledge of Allegiance during the Dec. 3 meeting, Colby said, “Liberty and justice for all, for everyone. Even us white folks!”

Dufty, along with a few other residents, is leading the petition drive.

Town voters passed a recall ordinance in 2014 and an amendment the following year giving residents the right to recall and remove an elected official at any time. In order to send the question to a special election, a petition must have signatures equal to at least 10% of the number of votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election, or about 293 signatures in this case. Keep reading