Selectwoman facing recall effort after arrest during Occupy Augusta protest

Posted Dec. 07, 2011, at 10:06 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:03 p.m.

BENTON, Maine — A selectwoman in a central Maine town who was arrested outside the Blaine House during an Occupy Augusta protest is now the target of a recall effort.

Benton Selectwoman Kimberley Cormier is one of nine protesters charged with trespassing and failure to disperse during a protest on the grounds of the governor’s residence Nov. 27.

Gerald Thompson, a member of the Kennebec County Republican Committee who helps recruit Republican candidates for office, told the Kennebec Journal in Augusta that he and several other residents will be circulating petitions over the next few days to recall Cormier. He said they have 14 days to collect the required signatures.

Cormier said she’s not surprised by the move, but she believes civil disobedience is important.