Town Clerk removes herself from election oversight – Update 5:31pm

by | May 12, 2015

Updated 5:31 pm 5/15/15 to clarify Mrs. Strozina’s and Mrs. Gaboury’s roles on election day. 

Retiring Town Clerk, Ellen Gaboury, issued a press release Wednesday stating that she will not be overseeing the Town election on May 19.

According to Mrs. Gaboury, town clerk candidate, Nicholas Hammond, filed a complaint with the Secretary of of the Commonwealth as well as with Town Manager, Julie Jacobson, asserting that he would not receive a fair election if Mrs. Gaboury were overseeing the polls.

Neither the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office nor the Town Manager has commented on Hammond’s complaint, but Mrs. Gaboury says in her release, “I am informing the great citizens of Auburn that I am voluntarily removing myself from overseeing the town election being held on May 19, 2015 to avoid any appearance of conflict and to preserve the integrity of this election for Deb Gremo your assistant town clerk.”

Mrs. Gaboury states that she will be at Auburn High School in the morning to set up the polls and to cast her own vote, and then again at the close of the election.

In her release, Mrs. Gaboury continues, “Since I will not be participating in the election, I am once again expressing my full support for Deb Gremo for town clerk. For anyone to suggest experience is not needed to run this office is shortsighted and has no knowledge of what is involved in the day to day operations  that occur in the town clerk’s office.”

Sue Strozina – an administrative assistant in the Town Manager’s office and Election Warden for all five precincts for over 20 years – will be onsite at Auburn High to oversee the polls in Mrs. Gaboury’s absence. Mrs. Gaboury will be available in her office at Town Hall, serving as the election admin for the day.