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Petition calls for recall of Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway

Jon Rygiewicz and his group have 60 days to collect more than 36,000 signatures before the petition to recall Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway can move forward.
Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 2:35 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV/AP) - A petition has been filed to recall Madison’s mayor by a resident who says she didn’t do enough to protect the city during recent civil unrest.

Jon Rygiewicz and his group have 60 days to collect more than 36,000 signatures before the petition to recall Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway can move forward.

The 38-year-old hotel manager says that Rhodes-Conway should be removed from office in part because she did not keep the city safe when demonstrators tore down statues, punched state Sen. Tim Carpenter and threw a Molotov cocktail into the City-County Building on June 23.

“It wasn’t a spontaneous decision there was a lot of thinking that went into it,” Rygiewicz tells NBC15 News. “When we all called her for our grievances and she didn’t answer us - that was an alarm that she didn’t care about us.”

“I believe that there is a level of accountability that politicians think they’re not held to, and when you don’t do your job you don’t keep your job,” Rygiewicz says.

Rhodes-Conway says she won’t be “distracted by a small group of people who want to divide this community.”

“I am focused every minute on doing the job that the people of Madison elected me to do and I am not going to be distracted by a small group of people who want to divide this community,” according to a statement Thursday.

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