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April 30, 2013

Town to investigate residency of candidate

Saab's NH-registered car spurs complaints

SALISBURY — The town’s Board of Registrars will meet Thursday to review a challenge to the residency of one of the candidates running for selectman in today’s election.

According to Assistant Town Clerk Melinda Morrison, a signed, notarized complaint was emailed to the office yesterday morning from a Salisbury resident challenging the residency of Thomas Saab, one of five candidates on today’s ballot seeking one of the two open seats on Salisbury’s Board of Selectmen.

In response, Town Clerk Wilma McDonald called a meeting of the Board of Registrars for 10 a.m. on Thursday at Town Hall to examine the complaint, filed by the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Gallagher, a resident and member of Salisbury’s Board of Health.

“At the meeting we’ll investigate the evidence (Dr. Gallagher) presented and the registrars will decide if it warrants a formal hearing on the issue,” McDonald said yesterday. “We’re going to have town counsel run the show to make sure we do everything right and that no one’s rights are trampled on.”

The result of Thursday’s meeting and a possible formal hearing to follow could have an impact on the town if Saab wins the election today.

McDonald said since Thursday’s meeting is open to the public; Gallagher, Saab or any other interested party may attend. Should a formal hearing be scheduled, the registrars are allowed to have police help with the investigation, McDonald added.

Gallagher said he’ll be there. As of early yesterday afternoon, Saab said he hadn’t been notified by town officials that there had in fact been a challenge or that a hearing had been scheduled.

“I’m going to wait until I hear from the Wilma (McDonald) about this before I say anything,” Saab said when called yesterday.

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