County supervisor survives recall vote in Wisconsin

Roy Englebert retained his District 3 seat on the Door County Board of Supervisors after winning a recall election on November 19. Englebert won the recall with 53.8% of the vote, defeating Lora Jorgensen and Jason Tlachac.
The recall effort was started by a group called Friends of the Forestville Dam. The group did not agree with the board of supervisors’ approving a plan to draw down the Forestville Dam Mill Pond. The plan was approved in order to dry out contaminated sediment and improve water quality, according to the Door County Daily News. Recall supporters said that drawing down the pond would harm fish stocks and the aesthetic quality of the pond. Recall supporters said they preferred a plan to dredge the pond, but county officials said that the plan was too expensive. Englebert voted in favor of drawing down the pond.
This was the second effort to recall Englebert this year. The first effort, which also targeted District 2 representative John Neinas, failed to go to the ballot after the recall petitions submitted to the county were deemed insufficient.
The Door County Board of Supervisors has 21 members. Neinas’ term is up for election in April 2020. He said he did not intend to run for re-election.
In 2018, Ballotpedia covered a total of 206 recall efforts against 299 elected officials. Of the 123 officials whose recalls made it to the ballot, 77 were recalled for a rate of 62.6 percent. That was higher than the 56.9 percent rate and 56.3 percent rate for 2017 and 2016 recalls, respectively.
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