Peosta sets Jan. 14 special election date to choose mayor

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PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) - The City Council in the small eastern Iowa city of Peosta has set a special election to choose the community’s mayor.

A roundabout in Peosta on Dec. 27, 2018 (Aaron Scheinblum/KCRG)

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the council last week set the election for Jan. 14.

The council initially opted to appoint a new mayor but changed course after over 130 residents signed a petition demanding an election.

Former mayor Larry Mescher quit in an email he sent Oct. 13 to council members after a contentious meeting. Two days later he asked the council to rescind his resignation but the members declined.

Peosta is a city of about 1,400, located just southwest of Dubuque.