GENEVA — A petition drive seeking the recall of Geneva Mayor Eric Kamler has ended after no signatures were turned into the Fillmore County clerk by Monday’s submission deadline.

Kamler will keep his position as Geneva’s mayor.

Fillmore County Clerk Amy Nelson confirmed that no petitions received.

Steven Ewalt of Geneva filed a petition in July calling for the recall of Kamler. A minimum of 332 signatures needed to be turned in, then verified as belonging to registered Geneva voters to trigger a recall election.

Ewalt cited “Financially, Socially, Ethically, irresponsible to the citizens of Geneva,” as motive for the recall.

Ewalt has not responded to requests for comment from the Hastings Tribune. In an interview a few weeks ago, he told the Nebraska Signal, Fillmore County’s local newspaper, that he did not intend to speak with any news organizations from outside the community about the recall effort.

Because no signatures were submitted by the deadline, the petition is a dead issue and Kamler is protected from another recall petition for 12 months, according to Nebraska statutes.

“I think the community breathed a sigh of relief. Everybody was very happy to see this end and ready to just move on from it,” Kamler said.

Kamler said he is grateful for the community support. He also said he is willing to talk with those who may have concerns.

“The invitation still stands for any visits or conversations,” Kamler said. “I’ll leave that as an open line if people want to visit and discuss any of the issues.”

The Citizens to Recall Eric Kamler cited Kamler’s appointment of a new city attorney and increased taxes as grounds for recall, among other reasons. The reasons appeared in an advertisement in the Nebraska Signal.

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