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Sheboygan mayor loses job in recall election


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Voters in Sheboygan removed Mayor Bob Ryan from office in this eastern Wisconsin city's first-ever mayoral recall election.

Unofficial results in Tuesday's recall election showed former state Rep. Terry Van Akkeren defeated Ryan by 53 percent to 46 percent with all precincts reporting.

The recall resulted largely from Ryan's problems with alcohol, including fallout from a three-day drinking binge in Elkhart Lake last July. Ryan had acknowledged that he's an alcoholic and says he's received treatment.

The group seeking the recall collected more than 4,100 signatures to force the election. The city's population is about 49,000.

The vote means Van Akkeren will complete the remainder of Ryan's term, which ends in April 2013.

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