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Board of Health Dispute Rages On in Fairhaven

The hotly contested Board of Health race in Fairhaven may head to court, but without the Board of Selectmen’s blessing.

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Losing candidate John Wethington’s attorney had asked the board to petition for a new election. Selectmen discussed the request Monday, but decided to take no action, citing the additional costs of holding another election, and the ongoing state election office investigation into original election.

Winner Peter Deterra’s attorney, John Markey Jr., says they’re ready for a court battle, if challenged.

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Wethington lost to Deterra in two separate recounts, first by two votes, then one. Selectmen chair Charles Murphy tells WBSM News, the experience of the past month has triggered action to improve town’s election process.

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It’s not known if Wethington will pursue further legal action in Superior Court to challenge the results.

In other business, Selectmen also voted to hold a joint meeting with the Board of Health within the next 45 days, to discuss action regarding the town’s wind turbines and associated health complaints.

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