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Waterville Mayor Will Face Recall Election Following Controversial Tweet

A.J. Higgins
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Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro at an April Meeting
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Isgro received national attention after tweeting an insult to one of the Parkland school shooting survivors

The effort to recall Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro is moving forward.

Deputy City Clerk Sarah Cross says petition circulators met Wednesday's deadline and gathered enough valid signatures to force a recall election.

"They needed 857 signatures,” she says. “They had a total of 887 certified signatures with a total of 1033 signatures turned in as of yesterday."

Isgro received national attention after tweeting an insult to one of the Parkland school shooting survivors. A Republican, he also has a record of making divisive comments about immigrants and public education on social media and for advancing conspiracy theories.

Isgro did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Waterville City Council now has 45 days to set a date for a special election.

"We are hoping they will put it with the June 12th primary election, but it is up to the council to decide,” Cross says. “They have to have a special election within 45 days."

Cross says the council will meet next week to establish the date.