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High count of wanna-be counters in Newton

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 12, 2007 09:12 AM

NEWTON

Despite turmoil over elections in recent years, counting votes still appears to be a popular job.

Eight people have applied for the job of Newton’s election chief, “all of whom are very impressive,” said Jeremy Solomon, the spokesman for Mayor David B. Cohen.

The previous elections supervisor, Peter Karg, was ousted after a glitch in which signatures on an initiative petition were undercounted. A recount showing sufficient signatures allowed a citywide vote on the designs for a new Newton North High School, approved at the ballot box in January.

Karg, who had an annual salary of $78,595, has appealed the firing. Karg was replaced in a temporary appointment by Peter Koutoujian, father of the state lawmaker of the same name who represents part of Newton, Watertown, and Waltham. The elder Koutoujian will continue to work part-time until a permanent successor is appointed, Solomon said.

-- Connie Paige

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