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Voters could remove mayor in recall Submitted: 07/29/2014
CRANDON - People in Crandon could vote a new mayor into office Tuesday night after holding a recall election of current Mayor Rob Jaeger.

The recall comes after a group started collecting signatures in May. The small group lead by Larry Alsteen collected enough signatures for the recall.

The city council needed to order the recall as a formality under Wisconsin law. The council eventually ordered the recall after originally splitting its vote in June.

Cindy Bradley has worked as the Crandon city clerk for 17 years. She says they've seen a steady turnout throughout the day.

"It hasn't been crazy, but it has been very steady we had, like 87 people in the first three hours," Bradley said. "So that's like 30 people an hour, which is pretty good."

Some people against the recall believe the American Legion, which includes Alsteen and others, doesn't like Mayor Jaeger because of a building sale dispute, but some of those supporting the recall have said the mayor is micromanaging and wants to run the city by himself.

"The one thing about the city of Crandon is that it's a small town and everybody knows everybody and even if they have differences of opinions, they work it out you know," Bradley said. "You don't have any big feuds or anything. It's just one of those things."

Bradley says the summer months are typically slow at the clerk's office, but the recall has added to the workload throughout the month of July, keeping them busy. From her perspective, she has called the recall stressful.

"I work with Mayor Jaeger and you know there is a lot to be said for what people on the street say, but it's just a tough thing to go through," Bradley said.

This is the first mayoral recall in the 17 years Bradley has worked with the city. She says she couldn't find any records of any other recall in the city.

"Anytime you have something different, it's unique, it's a challenge, but I think we got through it ok," Bradley said.

As of 5 p.m., more than 400 people had cast their vote in the race. That is out of 1092 possible voters in Crandon.

Poll workers have been at city hall since 6:30 a.m., so it's been a long day for them. Polls will stay open until 8 p.m. The city clerk's office is at 601 W. Washington Street in Crandon.

Bradley says they should know the winner later Tuesday night.




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