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Kader recall election set for January 29

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—La Crosse City Council passed a resolution adopting City Clerk Teri Lehrke's Certificate of Sufficiency to recall Council President Audrey Kader, on Thursday.

On Friday, Lehrke said she had enough signatures to order a recall election.

This comes after some debate over the validity of the signatures on the recall petition.

169 signatures on the petition were valid,11 more than the 158 needed to order the recall.   

Mayor Matt Harter said Thursday's meeting was just a formality required by state law; he said council had to approve the recall election because enough people signed the recall petition.

A group called the Restore La Crosse Committee filed for the recall.

The group said Kader failed to provide acceptable leadership to the council and failed to provide direction to the mayor.

"Well of course I don't feel good about it," Kader said. "It's one of those things some people think they have the right to do. Which they do. The question is how legitimate it is."

Kader will automatically be on the recall ballot unless she resigns by January 2.

Kader said she will campaign and do everything she legally can to keep her council seat.

State law says the election should be on the sixth Tuesday after certification; that means the election will be on January 29.

Anyone meeting all of the requirements, including living in the 11th district, can run in the recall election.

Candidates must file their paperwork with the city by Wednesday, January 2, at 5 p.m.

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