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Newman Grove Woman Fined $1,000 For Improper Petition Signatures

Posted: 04 October, 2012

MADISON (AP) - The organizer of a failed campaign to recall the mayor of Newman Grove has been fined $1,000 for collecting several improper signatures. 49-year-old Connie Johnson was fined Monday because some of the signatures she turned in were made when no petition circulator was present. Johnson's effort to recall Newman Grove Mayor Fawn Steiff failed in May. More than 60 percent of voters wanted to retain Steiff. In November 2010, Steiff beat Johnson's husband, David Johnson, to become mayor of the town of about 800. Madison County Attorney Joe Smith has said he doesn't believe the flawed signatures on the petition had any bearing on the recall election.

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