A group seeking to oust La Crosse council president Audrey Kader filed petitions today for a recall election.
Greg Luce, who said he represents both the tea party and the Restore La Crosse Committee, submitted 30 pages of recall petitions with 252 signatures to city Clerk Teri Lehrke.
The group needed 158 signatures from Kader’s District 11 to trigger the recall election.
The clerk has 31 days to certify the petition, after which Kader would have 10 days to challenge. The group then has five days for rebuttal.
If the petitions stand after that point, the election would be set on the Tuesday six weeks later, probably in February. Should a primary be needed, the final vote would be four weeks after that, Lehrke said.
Luce said they focused on Kader because of her leadership as council president and her votes in favor of eliminating Committee of the Whole. Mayor Matt Harter earlier this week vetoed a measure to suspend the committee for the first three months of 2013.
“She’s the tip of the spear,” Luce said, adding other council members will be targeted in the spring elections.
Kader, who was in City Hall to obtain copies of the petitions for review, called the effort “a ridiculous waste of time.”
Though redistricting changed about half the makeup of her district, “I feel pretty good about my constituency,” Kader said.
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