The Greg Rose recall election will be a rematch of the election that took place in April 2013.
In that election, Rose defeated Bressette, who was the incumbent, by seven votes, 84-77. When Bressette was elected to the Clintonville City Council in 2012 she ran unopposed.
Bressette turned in her nomination papers on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to challenge Rose in the recall election that will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Bressette said there are several reasons she is challenging Rose.
“I am very disturbed by the direction our city has taken since the spring election,” Bressette said. “People throughout Clintonville and in District 4 feel the same way. Our city council meetings have been packed with people. Citizens have gotten up and spoke very passionately about the wrong direction our city is going. Their voices have not been heard. The citizens of Clintonville are fed up with not being heard.”
If elected, Bressette said the first thing she will do is try to repair relationships with business and industry in Clintonville.
“It is not in the best interest of our city for Greg Rose to stand up at the June 10 city council meeting and speak in a hostile manner, insulting and making false accusations against our local business and industry,” Bressette said. “When business and industry in Clintonville is successful, our entire city and our schools benefit.”
She said she disagrees with replacing city attorney Tim Schmid with April Dunlavy after the spring election. She said she believes the city should hire qualified and experienced members of the community, but those decision have to be in the best interest of the city.
“Our municipal attorney April Dunlavy has not provided expert legal advice to our city council. For example, the petition to recall Greg Rose was turned in and certified sufficient by our city clerk. Our city council was then required to set the date for the recall election. Our city council met and voted to not set the recall election date. Voting ‘no’ was not an option,” Bressette said. “Our municipal attorney did not provide proper legal advice to our city council, thus, leading to the Government Accountability Board (GAB) issuing an order for our city council to set the recall election date or face legal action by the GAB.”
While serving her two years on the Clintonville City Council, Bressette said she attended trainings for municipal elected officials and graduated from Leadership Waupaca County. She also served on the Personnel, Street, Safety and Ordinance Committees. In addition she served on and still serves on the Board of Review, Board on Zoning and Library Board. She is president of the Board of Review. She has also volunteered with community meals and the community garden, in addition to helping build a Habitat for Humanity home.
“I am making reasonable decisions on your behalf as a private citizen,” Bressette said. “I know what it is like to make tough decisions. But when you are making decisions on behalf of our entire city, decisions have to be reasonable and citizens have the right to be heard.”
The recall election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18. Absentee ballots can be requested from City Hall until Thursday, Nov. 13. Absentee ballots must be returned to the city clerk by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14.