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Show of support for embattled Dunkerton mayor

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DUNKERTON (KWWL) -

There's a growing show of public support for an embattled eastern Iowa mayor.

Yard signs have popped up in dozens of front yards in Dunkerton to support Mayor Mike Schares.

Some have called for Schares to step down following misdemeanor charges of interference with public acts and harassment of a public official.

One person has even started a petition drive asking Schares to step aside until his legal troubles are resolved.

Signs are planted in yards in every neighborhood in the city that say "Support Our Mayor Mike."

The people behind it say they've distributed about 70 signs so far to people who've asked for them.

The group says people who typically don't show up to city council meetings or generally get involved with city government wanted some way to publicly stand behind the mayor.

"Yup, wanted to support the mayor. He's done a lot for the community, spent a lot of hours of his own time trying to take care of things. We felt like from the town's point of view, that a lot of us aren't being represented in the whole story," Jennifer Littlefield said.

Littlefield says there's more to the story than what has been reported.

That's the same thing Schares has said when we've talked with him previously.

Schares and his nephew Tom Adamson go to trial next month on the charges which stem from a traffic stop in December.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

A jury trial is set for Mar. 20.

Schares has said at two previous council meetings he won't step down.

The next council meeting is set for Mar. 12.

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