Bill Whalen recall, Ashland, Wisconsin (2011)

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A vote about whether to recall Bill Whalen from his elected position as mayor of Ashland, Wisconsin, in Ashland County and Bayfield County took place on October 4th, 2011. Whalen retained his seat.[1] The recall effort was launched in April 2011.[2]

Election results

The October 4th election was a recall primary election. Whalen won more than 50% of the vote, retaining his seat and avoiding a potential recall election on November 1st.[3]

  • Number of votes to retain Bill Whalen: 787 Defeatedd
  • Number of votes for Dave Sorenson: 236
  • Number of votes for Wendy Kloiber: 228
  • Number of votes for Rollie Peterson: 187
  • Number of votes for Charlie Ortman: 118

Recall supporters

Zygmund Jablonski was a supporter of the recall. He says his motivations for working on the recall are "neglect of duty, willful misrepresentations, and inefficiency."[4]

Former City Councilor Diane Morrison also supported the recall.[5]

Path to the ballot

"Citizens to Recall Whalen" submitted a petition with 913 signatures. 782 signatures were required to force the recall election.

See also