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Fired elections' commissioner bows out of local race

Posted by mwoolhouse August 15, 2007 10:56 AM

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(Globe staff photo by Pat Greenhouse)

NEWTON

Former Newton elections' commissioner Peter Karg, who was fired by the mayor after a vote-counting controversy last year, said he has withdrawn from the race for Ward 8 alderman.

In a brief statement issued by e-mail, Karg said he had difficulty mustering support before the Sept. 18 primary at a time when many city residents are on vacation.

Karg is currently suing the city of Newton for $500,000 for his termination last spring. He claimed his one-time friend, Mayor David Cohen, fired him after "intensely pressuring" him to speed up the vote count on a petition to scale back construction of a $154 million
new high school.

Cohen hired a consultant to investigate the vote count error and claimed Karg botched the job by failing to oversee the count properly.

The lawsuit is pending.

-- Meg Woolhouse

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