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Kader retains seat; No runoff needed


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- City Council President Audrey Kader will continue to represent the 11th District after collecting 74 percent of the vote.

Kader was challenged by Gage Maurer, a student at Viterbo, and Jerome Gundersen, Jr. Kader collected 196 votes of the 264 votes, Gundersen received 42 votes and Maurer finished third with 26 votes.

Since Kader received a majority of the votes, there will not be a run off in February.

"I think the people have spoken and they trust me," Kader said. "I'm not infallible, but at least I try to be reasonable. The vindication is the people know I care and they know I'm approachable and I don't play games."

Meanwhile her opponents say the process was worthwhile, win or lose.

"It was definitely worth it," Maurer said. "We got the message out there that the people aren't happy. And they people aren't happy whether the results are in my favor or not in my favor."

"There's always another election in the future," Gundersen, Jr. said. "So I don't think of this election if I'm out, I think of the next election for the people in the city."

Kader says she looks forward to returning to her work and on the council, wants to focus on economic development and revitalizing neighborhoods.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The one polling location for the recall race in the 11th District is now closed.

The ballots are being tabulated to determine who the top two vote getters are in the three way race between incumbent Audrey Kader, Gage Maurer, and Jerome Gundersen, Jr.

We'll bring you the numbers as soon as they are available. 


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—The primary recall race for the 11th District seat on the City Council is underway. The seat is currently held by City Council President Audrey Kader.

Those in the district can cast a ballot at St. Paul's Lutheran Church between 7 am and 8 pm Tuesday.

Along with Kader, there are two other names on the ballot: Gage Maurer, a student at Viterbo University, and Jerome Gundersen, Jr., who previously ran against Kader.

Last fall, a group called the Restore La Crosse Committee organized the recall effort against Kader, citing a lack of guidance for the Mayor and wanting to eliminate the Committee of the Whole meetings. 

City Clerk, Teri Lehrke, says the turnout for the 11th District recall is difficult to predict because there isn't a comparable election to use as an estimate.

Lehrke says the received a request for about 80 absentee ballots and printed about 900 ballots total, though she doesn't expect nearly that many voters. There are a total of about 2000 voters registered.

She says the cost of the recall is easier to estimate.

"I estimated that it would be about $1260 per election and I don't have all the bills in yet of course but the majority of that would be for the election inspectors," Lehrke said. "I do have to staff the polling place and I do have five workers for 13 hours."

Lehrke says it will be approximately another $1260 to hold the February 26 recall between Tuesday's top two candidates. However, if one of the candidates gets a majority of the ballots cast Tuesday, then they will be declared the overall winner and there won't be a run off next month.

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