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Sheboygan Mayor Ryan heads to general election


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Mayor Bob Ryan and former state Rep. Terry Van Akkern have received the most votes in Sheboygan's first-ever mayoral recall election.  If the unofficial election results stand, Ryan and Akkern will face each other in the Feb. 21 general election.

The primary Tuesday resulted largely from Ryan's problems with alcohol, including fallout from a three-day drinking binge in Elkhart Lake last July.

Unofficial results show Ryan received about 33 percent of the votes.  Terry Van Akkeren received about 26 percent.  The winner needed more than 50 percent of the votes to avoid a general election.

The other candidates were retired financial executive Roberta Filicky-Peneski, restaurant employee Mark Hermann, Harbor Centre Business Improvement District Manager Randy Schwoerer, Alderwoman Jean Kittelson, high school senior Asher Heimermann and musician Erik Neave.

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