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Ketchpaw recall ongoing

---Petition files signatures

Mike Heine/The Week

Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

(Published August 8, 2007, 4:02 p.m.)

East Troy resident Jim Stemper on Tuesday filed 498 signatures-154 more than necessary-with the Walworth County Clerk's office in his effort to force a recall vote of county Supervisor Joyce Ketchpaw.

Ketchpaw, who has served five years on the board, was re-elected to a two-year term in April 2006.

"It's a waste of taxpayer money to have an election two months before you have to declare your own candidacy for the April election," said Ketchpaw, who indicated she might challenge the recall effort.

The clerk's office has 31 days to verify if enough signatures are valid to force a special election.

The latest a recall election could be held is Oct. 16. Candidates can start circulating nomination papers for the spring supervisory election on Dec. 1.

Ketchpaw of East Troy estimated the cost of running a special election would be between $9,000 and $14,000 divided between the village and town of East Troy, and Walworth County.

Walworth County Clerk Kim Bushey could not verify those estimates, but said election costs come from printing ballots, programming voter registration software, potential clerk's office staff overtime, paying election workers and publishing election notices.

None of the municipalities that would be involved in a special election have budgeted for one, Ketchpaw said.

Stemper, 1931 Fremont St., vowed to run for Ketchpaw's seat if his recall is deemed valid. He said Ketchpaw needs to be more responsible to her constituents and their tax bills, and he proposed having little or no tax increases in the 2008 county budget.

Another recall petition-one for Whitewater-area Supervisor Jerry Grant-is still in the works. Signatures for that effort have not yet been submitted by petitioner Robin Goessling, W9969 Walworth Ave., Whitewater.

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