Jack Chiovatero recall, New Berlin, Wisconsin (2010)
Chiovatero is serving a four-year term as New Berlin's mayor that began when he was re-elected in April 2009.
A group called "Concerned Citizens of New Berlin" led the recall effort. They objected to a housing development planned for the city center.
Laura Karvala was an organizer with the recall effort. She said that Chiovatero was targeted for recall because he isn't "working for the will of the people."
Chiovatero, as a member of New Berlin's Plan Commission, voted for the housing development that is at the core of the controversy. When he came under fire for his vote, he sent out an email that said that New Berlin is full of "bigoted and prejudiced" people. That email caused a new firestorm of controversy. Chiovatero apologized for his remarks and pulled his support for the housing development.