Mayor Dan Rizzo has filed petitions with the Revere Election Department asking for a recount of the votes in the Nov. 3 mayoral election in which Councillor-at-Large Brian Arrigo defeated Rizzo by a margin of 114 votes.
Election Commissioner Diane Colella said the Election Department is in the process of certifying the signatures on the recount petitions for the six wards in the city. A candidate is required to submit a minimum of 10 signatures for each ward.
Arrigo’s campaign has issued the following statement:
“After a hard-fought campaign, it’s important that everybody in Revere have confidence in the election results. I respect Mayor Rizzo’s decision to seek a recount, and I am fully confident that when the votes are counted for a second time, the result will be validated. The people of Revere turned out by the thousands to support our campaign of transparency, professionalism, and change. I am gratified by their support and look forward to a smooth and orderly transition with the outgoing administration.”
The Revere Election Commission has posted a notice at City Hall announcing that the board will hold a public meeting on Monday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Council Chambers “to acknowledge filing of recount petitions and determine appropriate action.”
City Council President John Powers said he would like any potential recount to be held on a Saturday or Sunday.
“If there is a recount, I would like to see it scheduled on the weekend so more people can witness the democratic process in action,” said Powers.