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Two file to challenge Kader in recall, forcing primary

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A Viterbo University student will challenge La Crosse Common Council President Audrey Kader for her District 11 seat, as will her council opponent from 2003, forcing a primary later this month.

The Restore La Crosse Committee behind the recall effort announced 20-year-old student Gage Maurer as its candidate today.

"UW-La Crosse has consistently had representation on city council," Maurer said in a statement. "Therefore, Viterbo should also have representation on city council.”

Maurer is a sophomore studying business management, according to the statement.

He and the committee say they're concerned over the council's decision to potentially do away with Committee of the Whole. Maurer also criticized the council for passing a sign ordinance he says "creates an unfair burden on small businesses in La Crosse."

Also filing against Kader today was Jerome Gundersen Jr., a remodeling contractor who lost to Kader in 2003 when she secured the first of her three straight terms on the council.

Gundersen, 52, made an unsuccessful bid this past April for the La Crosse County Board's 9th District seat won by Andrew Londre. He also was a candidate in 2002 for 95th District state Assembly.

The primary will be Jan. 29, with the top two finishers advancing to the recall election Feb. 26.

Check for updates on this story, and read more in Thursday's print edition. 


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