Two Democrats running for Rock County Clerk

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

JANESVILLE—An appointed incumbent faces a politically experienced challenger in the race for Rock County Clerk.

Incumbent Lisa Tollefson, 5818 N. Kennedy Road, Milton, faces Janesville City Councilman Sam Liebert, 311B Terrace St., Janesville.

Because both are Democrats, they will face each other in the Aug. 9 primary. The winner will run unopposed in the Nov. 8 general election.

Tollefson became clerk after Lori Stottler resigned to take a job as city clerk in Beloit.

Tollefson was one of nine candidates interviewed for the post by a Rock County Board committee. After her appointment was confirmed by the full county board, she started the job in June 2015.

Previously, she served as town of Harmony clerk/treasurer.

“I love what I do,” Tollefson said. “I feel like I'm the right match for the job.”

Along with and associate's degree and a bachelor's degree, she also graduated from the UW-Green Bay Clerk and Treasurer's Institute.

She is also a certified Wisconsin municipal clerk and a Government Accountability Board certified election trainer. To be accepted into the certified election trainer program, applicants must have five years of election administration experience and be recommended by another county clerk. There are only 40 such trainers in the state.

Liebert said the post is “right up his alley.” He is graduating from UW-Whitewater with a degree in public administration with an emphasis on municipal and county government.

“This is what I want to do as a career,” Liebert said.

Liebert pointed to the management experience he gained on the Janesville City Council and his work in the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a deputy liaison to the White House.

Liebert is Janesville City Council president.

When he announced his campaign in October 2015, he said he wanted to raise voter turnout in inner city Beloit and in Janesville's Fourth Ward.

He has received endorsements from several local unions.

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