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Organizers claim enough signatures to force recall election against Sheboygan Mayor Ryan

CREATED Oct. 31, 2011

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SHEBOYGAN - Organizers of a recall effort against Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan say they have enough signatures to bring about a recall election against him. 
 
"We have over 4,500 signatures, and we're still collecting," said Mary Jo Stoelb, one of the recall organizers.

To force a recall election against Mayor Ryan, organizers needed about 4,100 valid signatures by Tuesday.

She told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" they'll drop off those signatures tomorrow, hoping to get a recall election to happen in the spring.

"We're trying to time it with the spring elections so that it would be the least amount of cost to the City of Sheboygan."

Ryan has admitted to several incidents of public drunken behavior in the last few years.

He admitted to having an alcohol problem, and Alderman Kevin Matichek joined with others to push for a recall effort.

"We looked at the cheapest way of handling the issue while ensuring the citizens' voices are heard," Matichek told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

Some people aren't adding their signature.

"There's plenty of things about the city that we need to get out more than the drinking," said John Wiegerling, who lives in Sheboygan and says he does not intend to sign the petition.

"No matter which way we go about this, it's gonna cost the city a lot of money, and he seems to be doing an alright job as mayor."

Click here to listen to Stoelb's interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Gene Mueller on "Wisconsin's Morning News."