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Spotlight: Kewaunee mayor goes after alderwoman’s personal email

By M.D. Kittle

The city of Kewaunee’s government battles have escalated, with the mayor going after the personal emails of a new city council member.

In a blog post last month, Alderwoman Wendy Shelton reported that Mayor Jason Jelinek filed an open records request with the city clerk seeking “all personal emails” of the council member.

Shelton, an outspoken critic of the mayor and City Administrator Fred Schnook, wrote that she received the request by certified mail.

She thought the request odd, particularly because she’s been highly critical of city administration’s trouble with transparency.

“The newest alderperson, who has been in office just over 60 days and ran on a transparency platform, is getting a demand for emails?,” Shelton wrote. “I write everything, and freely send it to anyone who fills out my website form. And many people stop me and ask to be added to my email list. The circulation of this blog has tripled since my election. How much more open could I be?”

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