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La Crosse man sues governor over mask mandate

Brad Williams

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Gov. Tony Evers and La Crosse’s city clerk are being sued over emergency orders aimed at fighting COVID-19. 

Nicholas Newman has filed the civil suit in La Crosse County court, objecting to being fired from election duty in La Crosse this year for not wearing a face mask at a polling place. 

Newman claims to have a legal exemption from wearing a mask because of a medical condition. 

He wants to stop the governor from issuing emergency rules, such as those mandating mask use, unless the legislature allows him to do so.

The suit is being scheduled for hearings in La Crosse County court, with a judge yet to be assigned.

The lawsuit names both Evers and La Crosse city clerk Teri Lehrke as defendants. 

Newman claims in the suit that he should be allowed to work elections without a mask, because it’s hard for him to breathe with a face covering.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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    Thomas

    September 22, 2020 at 6:56 am

    I hope he wins. RECALL EVERS!!!

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      D Smith

      September 28, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      Thank God for Evers. Its just a mask than can save lives. If you dont like the rules don’t play.

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