LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- City Council president Audrey Kader, who represents the 11th District, faces a recall election. Two challengers filed paperwork to run against her, one is a Viterbo student, the other a former opponent, who ran against Kader in 2003.
Gage Maurer is a 20-year-old sophomore at Viterbo and collected many of the signatures for the recall petition against Kader.
"I have been in La Crosse since coming to Viterbo I'm connected to the community and mostly the school because I'm involved in a lot of different clubs," Maurer said. "Mainly [the recall is because of] my concern about losing the committee of the whole meeting and generally the direction of the city council."
The City Council voted in favor of dissolving the committee of the whole for a three month trial, but the measure was vetoed by Mayor Matt Harter.
"My voting record is clear: twice I voted from compromise positions," Kader said. "One was when councilmen Medinger brought it in for consideration and the other was the three month idea of a test run. And both of those situations were bringing people together, not dividing them."
Kader's other challenger, Jerome Gundersen, Jr., unsuccessfully ran against Kader in 2003, but says he likes his odds this time around.
"I think it's pretty clear that there are plenty of people in the city of La Crosse and in Audrey's district that think Audrey Kader has been representing city interests more than the people who elect her," he said.
Still Kader remains confident in support from both her fellow council members and her constituents.
"I have nothing to hide. What I've done, I've done above board," Kader said. "My leadership style is a style of listening to people and then working with people to come to a compromise."
Assuming the signatures collected by the challengers are validated by the City Clerk, the three candidates will appear on a January 29 primary ballot. The top two vote-getters will face off on February 26.