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Wis. Officials Allow Superior Councilor to Stay on Ballot

Councilor Brent Fennessey at a Superior City Council meeting in 2019. Councilor Brent Fennessey at a Superior City Council meeting in 2019. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: January 28, 2020 11:24 AM

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has denied a complaint by a Superior citizen and decided to allow City Councilor Brent Fennessey to have his name listed on the ballot for re-election.

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Garner Moffat challenged some of the signatures on Fennessey's nomination papers on Jan. 10.  Fennessey filed a correcting affidavit that same day after being informed of the challenge by City Clerk Terri Kalan.

Moffat then filed a complaint with the Elections Commission alleging that Kalan was wrong to allow Fennessey to file the affidavit after 4:30, which is listed as the city clerk's office's normal closing time.

In a letter issued late Monday, the commission found that Kalan was acting within her discretion because her office has a history of conducting business after its posted business hours.

Moffat has the right to appeal the decision in circuit court within 30 days.

Fennessey is being challenged in the Feb. 18 primary election by Amanda Foster and Josh Johnson.  The top two finishers will advance to the April 7 general election.

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