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Shannon Hiller recall, Mercer School Board, Wisconsin (2009)

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Shannon Hiller was recalled on September 29, 2009 from a position on the Mercer School Board in Iron County.[1] On the 29th, Hiller faced Mercer area resident Deanna Pierpont and former Mercer School Board member Karl Anderson for the board member position.[2]
  • Shannon Hiller: 51 (11.8%)Approveda (recalled)
  • Karl Anderson received the most votes: 211 (48.6%)
  • Deanna Pierpont: 172 (39.6%)

Anderson and Pierpont faced off on October 27, 2009 to determine who fills Hiller's position on the board.


Controversy surrounding Hiller arose in May 2009 when the school board sent elementary teacher Robyn Schoeneman a preliminary discharge notice after allegations arose regarding inappropriate alcohol use by chaperons. In June the board and Schoeneman reached an agreement that allowed for the elementary school teacher to retain her position. According to reports, residents began to question Hiller's role in the negotiations.[1]

Response to recall

In response to the recall efforts, Hiller said that the information used by supporters were "a lot of lies." Hiller noted that he had not originally thought of running for re-election in April 2010 but since the recall efforts began he said he is rethinking his decision. Should he be recalled on September 29, Hiller said he is likely to run for election in 2010.

Anderson, who is running for office should Hiller be recalled said,"I'm hoping if the voters do vote me onto the board again that I can do something to help heal the rift that there now appears to be in the school board and in the community over this issue."[1]

Path to the ballot

A total of 230 signatures were submitted by recall supporters. For a recall election recall supporters were required to collect a minimum of 205 signatures.[1]

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