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Threatening to pull gun, further proof Onalaska school board member needs to be recalled



Petition to recall Jake Speed needs 2,000 signatures 

One could call it a glaring reason to remove Jake Speed from the Onalaska School Board. 

Back in June, Speed threatened to pull a gun on a utility worker, according to a criminal complaint. The utility worker was set to disconnect Speed’s power.

The incident resulted in a disorderly conduct citation for the school board member.

“I think that’s probably just a very clear indication of his temperament,” said Mark Cassellius, who is running a campaign petition to have Speed recalled from the board.

“We’re not setting out on this path to make it a personal attack on anybody but, I think, that is a good example of how he pretty much operates,” Cassellius said on WIZM Thursday afternoon.

The petition needs 2,000 signatures to force a recall election. Cassellius says he hasn’t heard from Speed.

“I guess I would just tell him there’s a lot of community support to remove him from the school board,” Cassellius said. “The recall petition is just to check with the voters again to see if they really want him to be a school board member.”

Cassellius added that he has nothing personal against Speed.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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