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Petition to recall Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen circulating
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Petition to recall Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen circulating

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A former member of the Beaver Dam Common Council is circulating a petition to recall Mayor Becky Glewen.

Mary Flaherty, who served as alderwoman for Ward 2 for 20 years until losing her seat in the spring election to Therese Henriksen, filed papers to start the process to recall Mayor Becky Glewen last week.

Glewen said that she would likely have a formal statement to release to the media on Wednesday.

Under Wisconsin law, Flaherty will need to collect about 1,500 valid signatures from Beaver Dam residents within 60 days, or about 9 percent of the city’s total population. The 1,500 comes from the state’s requirement to gather signatures equal to 25 percent of total votes cast in Beaver Dam in the last election for governor, which was in 2014.

In a statement, Flaherty said she did not intend to demean any individual currently in service, but that she wanted to provide a “bridge of communication” to those setting policy at City Hall.

“I harbor no animosity towards Mayor Becky Glewen,” she said in the statement. “I believe she is a well-intentioned individual. That being said there is a fair-sized faction of this city that feels recent budget increases and policy changes will negatively affect a majority of taxpayers and they feel their voices have fallen on deaf ears among elected officials.”

The paperwork Flaherty filed lists the reasons for the recall as “Insensitive to citizen/taxpayers’ concerns, Fiscal irresponsible/Overtaxing, Cronyism/Covert policies.”

Glewen was elected mayor in 2017 with 1,872 votes to then-incumbent Tom Kennedy’s 1,076.

If a petition with the required number of signatures makes it through, there would be a recall election on the Tuesday of the sixth week after approval. For a chance to make the November general election ballot, the signatures would have to be gathered and approved by late September.

Glewen would have a spot on the ballot. Other candidates would have to file and meet eligibility guidelines. There would be a primary election if more than two people compete and a general election one month later with the final two, unless someone received a majority of the vote in the primary.

Flaherty served on the council from 1994-2002 and again from 2006 through the spring, when she lost to Henriksen by four votes.

Follow Chris Higgins on Twitter @chris_higgins_ or contact him at 920-356-6751 and chiggins@wiscnews.com.

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