60-day clock starts now
It’s up and running. Organizers of an effort to recall Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway began today with the filing of required paperwork with the city clerk.
Organizer Jon Rygiewicz cites the mayor’s role in “causing a public safety crisis.” The day after the riots that tore down statues and fire bombed city hall, Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway (Progressive Dane) wrote on her official City of Madison blog
“I have asked for Devonere Johnson, also known as Yeshua Musa’s initial appearance before a judge to be expedited so he can be released on bail. I recognize that we need better options to deescalate situations and offer restorative justice in our community.”
Within days, the federal government filed criminal extortion charges against Johnson and alleged accomplishes. The Dane County district attorney followed with state charges a few days later.
Under state law, the recall petition has 60 days from today’s filing to gather 25% of the votes cast in the city during the last gubernatorial election — which is 36,203 — to force a special election, for which the incumbent can seek re-election.
Blaska Policy Werkes was the first to report the recall effort.