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Special election proposed after mayor's resignation

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Some Oelwein residents are calling for a special election after their mayor was accused of sexual abuse, and resigned.

Jason Manus resigned the position of mayor in August, after two unnamed teenage girls came forward and said he sexually assaulted them. The Oelwein City Council appointed councilwoman Peggy Sherrets as the acting mayor. However, some aren't happy about that, and want a special election to be held.

John Walker has been collecting signatures in support of the election.

“This town needs to heal,” he told KWWL. “And part of that healing with only come from the town choosing its own leaders, and the City Council ignored that.”

To overturn the council's decision, the petition must have more than 150 signatures. Walker said he has more than that, and plans to present the council with the petition on Wednesday.

KWWL's Olivia Mancino contributed to this report.

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