Holyoke city councilor to file an order for the recall of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke City Councilor Mike Sullivan is filing an order to allow for the recall of Mayor Alex Morse, following alleged inappropriate behavior allegations.

This order would allow Holyoke residents to launch a recall petition for a ballot question that could remove Morse from office. This order will be co-sponsored by councilors Linda Vacon, David Bartley, and Howard Greaney Jr.

Sullivan claims that on top of allegations of inappropriate behavior, Morse has neglected his mayoral duties during his campaign for Congress. Sullivan told 22News he will file the recall Wednesday morning.

Morse, who is running for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District against incumbent Congressman Richard Neal, has denied all allegations against him and said he has never used his position of power as mayor or a lecturer at UMass for romantic or sexual gain.

He released the following statement to 22News with regard to the recall proposal:

“This is nothing but a sad, ignorant, and homophobic attack by city councilors who have long fought against efforts to make Holyoke a welcoming community for all. Their slanderous language is only outmatched in ignorance by the fact that the city charter does not have provisions for a recall,” Morse wrote.

The primary election is set for Tuesday, September 1.

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