Trempealeau Co. district attorney loses seat in recall effort

WHITEHALL, Wis. (WKBT) - Embattled Trempealeau County District Attorney Taavi McMahon has lost his job.

McMahon was beaten Tuesday in a democratic primary election. The special election is part of a recall effort against him.

McMahon faced off against Assistant DA John Sacia Tuesday.

Sacia had 2,244 votes, McMahon 450, with 11 write-ins.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission received a recall petition in late July that included 466 more signatures than the required minimum number of 2,683. 

According to an Oct. 5 letter to Governor Walker, a committee of county board members believed McMahon, an elected official, was "derelict in his duties."

It was reported that McMahon closed his office on Sept. 15, 2017 for the funeral of Jackson County DA Gerald Fox. McMahon reportedly ordered his staff, who are county employees, to attend the funeral and suspended an employee who refused to attend.

Other county employees complained McMahon was often unprepared for court.

Sacia will now take on Trempealeau County's Corporate Counsel Rick Niemeier on November 6th.


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