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Fall 2014 primary

The latest updates from the Fall 2014 primary election.
Janesville City Council ponders $1.2 million street-repair referendum
By | 7 pm 8/21/14
The Janesville City Council Monday will consider pursuing a referendum for the November election ballot that seeks voter approval of up to $1.2 million in spending beyond levy limits for ongoing street repairs. Read more...
Scieszinski hasn't reached recount decision
By | 11 am 8/14/14
In the Democratic primary for 15th Senate District, unofficial returns show Janis Ringhand and Austin Scieszinski separated by 274 votes, about 1.8 percent of the total cast. Read more...
Janis Ringhand narrowly defeats Austin Scieszinski in 15th Senate race
By | 12 am 8/13/14

JANESVILLE—It went down to the wire, and Rep. Janis Ringhand narrowly defeated Austin Scieszinski to advance as the Democratic candidate in November's general election for the 15th Senate District.

According to unofficial returns, Ringhand won Tuesday's three-way primary with 39.7 percent of the vote.

Scieszinski finished less than 300 votes behind and tallied 37.9 percent of the ballots cast.

Former Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan finished a distant third with about 22 percent of the vote.

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Janis Ringhand narrowly defeats Austin Scieszinski in 15th Senate race
$4 million BTC referendum fails by wide margin
By | 12 am 8/13/14

JANESVILLE—Blackhawk Technical College’s president said he believes voters may have shot down a $4 million spending referendum Tuesday because they were leery the referendum had no sunset.

Voters in Rock County rejected the referendum handily, with nearly 60 percent voting “No.”

If it had passed, the referendum would have allowed the college to tap the local tax base to annually boost its spending $4 million beyond state-imposed revenue caps.

The referendum had no sunset, meaning it would have been a perpetual addition to the college’s annual budget.

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$4 million BTC referendum fails by wide margin
Incumbent Robert Spoden wins Rock County sheriff primary
By | 12 am 8/13/14

JANESVILLE—Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden held off a determined challenge from Gary Groelle to win the Democratic primary Tuesday.

With no Republican candidate for sheriff on the Nov. 4 ballot, it appears Spoden, 51, will serve a third, four-year term as head of the sheriff's office.

Spoden won with 56 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results reported by the Rock County Clerk's Office.

Spoden on Tuesday night was already thinking ahead to his third term. He called the campaign his most “intense” but nothing he didn't expect.

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Incumbent Robert Spoden wins Rock County sheriff primary
Undersheriff Kurt Picknell wins Walworth County sheriff primary
By | 12 am 8/13/14

ELKHORN—Undersheriff Kurt Picknell is planning for a smooth transition as the person who will more than likely become the next Walworth County sheriff.

Picknell won the Republican primary election Tuesday night, beating Ken Brauer, a Walworth County sheriff's deputy, by 3,311 votes.

No Democrats will be on the ballot for sheriff in November, but Csaba Keller, town of Walworth, is running as a Democrat write-in candidate.

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Undersheriff Kurt Picknell wins Walworth County sheriff primary
David Sartori wins Democratic primary for treasurer
By Associated Press | 12 am 8/13/14

MILWAUKEE—A 72-year-old Vietnam veteran who pledges to be a political moderate has won the Democratic primary for Wisconsin treasurer, a position that holds almost no power.

David Sartori of Cudahy defeated 64-year-old Dave Leeper, a Madison attorney who focuses on criminal and estate law.

State lawmakers have removed nearly all the powers from the treasurer’s office in recent years. But it would take a constitutional amendment to eliminate the office, a move that would require approval by the Legislature in two subsequent sessions and a vote of the people.

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David Sartori wins Democratic primary for treasurer
Leon Hebert wins Republican primary for 43rd District Assembly seat
By | 12 am 8/13/14

MILTON—Leon Hebert, 76, won the primary election in the Republican 43rd District Assembly race.

Hebert, Fort Atkinson, inched out a victory over competitor Herschel Brodkey, 19, of Janesville, with a 761-715 vote.

Both Republicans were first-time candidates.

Hebert will face incumbent Andy Jorgensen, D-Milton, in the November election.

Hebert was unwilling to provide comment Tuesday night, saying he wasn’t sure the vote totals were official.

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Leon Hebert wins Republican primary for 43rd District Assembly seat
About 18 percent of eligible Rock County voters go to the polls
By | 11 pm 8/12/14

JANESVILLE—About 18 percent of Rock County's eligible voters went to the polls for Tuesday's partisan primary.

Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler was accurate in her pre-election prediction that Tuesday's voter turnout would be between 16 and 18 percent.

Statewide turnout was expected to be about 15 percent.

Stottler cited the local primaries for sheriff, clerk of courts and the 15th Senate District as draws, as well as a spending referendum for Blackhawk Technical College.

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About 18 percent of eligible Rock County voters go to the polls
Activist Julian Bradley wins Republican primary for secretary of state
By Associated Press | 11 pm 8/12/14

MILWAUKEE—Republican Party activist Julian Bradley has won the GOP Wisconsin primary for secretary of state, defeating state Rep. Garey Bies.

Neither candidate launched much of a campaign. Lawmakers have whittled away so many of the responsibilities in the office that the job is nearly obsolete.

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Activist Julian Bradley wins Republican primary for secretary of state
Matt Adamczyk beats Randy Melchert in Republican treasurer race
By Associated Press | 11 pm 8/12/14

MILWAUKEE—A small business owner who wants to eliminate the office he is running for won the Republican primary for state treasurer.

Matt Adamczyk of Wauwatosa defeated Randy Melchert, a government-compliance attorney, on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Adamczyk says he’s running for treasurer so he can eliminate the office. He says he’ll start by cutting its three staff positions, which would save about 80 percent of the budget.

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Matt Adamczyk beats Randy Melchert in Republican treasurer race
Sen. John Lehman wins Democratic primary for lieutenant governor
By Associated Press | 11 pm 8/12/14

MADISON—State Sen. John Lehman of Racine has won the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Lehman defeated Madison activist Mary Jo Walters in Tuesday’s primary. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch had no challenger for the Republican nomination.

Lehman is a former high school teacher who served eight years in the state Assembly and four in the state Senate before losing in 2010. However, he ran in the June 2012 recall election and defeated Republican Van Wanggaard.

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Sen. John Lehman wins Democratic primary for lieutenant governor
Jacki Gackstatter wins Rock County clerk of courts primary
By | 10 pm 8/12/14

JANESVILLE—Jacki Gackstatter beat Sue Enloe and Peter Severson on Tuesday night in the Democratic primary election for Rock County clerk of circuit courts.

Gackstatter received 47.92 percent of the votes with a total of 6,756 ballots cast in her favor. Enloe got 4,118 votes. Severson received 3,200.

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Jacki Gackstatter wins Rock County clerk of courts primary
Mark Spreitzer wins Democratic primary in 45th Assembly race
By | 10 pm 8/12/14

BELOIT—Voters elected Beloit City Council President Mark Spreitzer over fellow Councilwoman Sheila De Forest in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in the 45th Assembly race.

“I want to thank the voters for having faith in me and certainly want to thank Sheila for a spirited and positive campaign and raising some important issues,” he said.

With no Republicans running in the November election, he likely will take over for incumbent Rep. Janis Ringhand, D-Evansville, who ran in the Democratic primary for the 15th Senate seat.

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Mark Spreitzer wins Democratic primary in 45th Assembly race
Susan Happ wins Democratic attorney general primary
By Associated Press | 10 pm 8/12/14

MADISON—Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ has won the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

She beat Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and state Rep. Jon Richards, of Milwaukee in Tuesday's primary.

Happ will face Republican Brad Schimel in the Nov. 4 general election. Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney, is the only GOP candidate in the race. Incumbent Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen isn't seeking a third term.

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Susan Happ wins Democratic attorney general primary
Rob Zerban wins Democratic primary to face Paul Ryan in 1st Congressional race
By | 10 pm 8/12/14

JANESVILLE—Rob Zerban easily held off Amar Kaleka on Tuesday to become the Democrat's standard-bearer in the race to defeat Rep. Paul Ryan.

It didn't take long for the gloves to come off.

Ryan, fresh from his Republican primary win, issued a statement characterizing Zerban as wanting to expand federal spending, while Ryan wants to focus on creating jobs.

“That's interesting. Where was his focus in his last 16 years in Congress in creating jobs?” Zerban responded. “He hasn't done it yet. He had enough time to make it happen, and he has done anything but create jobs in the 1st Congressional District.”

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Rob Zerban wins Democratic primary to face Paul Ryan in 1st Congressional race
Paul Ryan wins GOP primary in 1st Congressional District
By Associated Press | 9 pm 8/12/14

JANESVILLE—As expected, Paul Ryan easily dispatched Jeremy Ryan—no relation—in Tuesday's Republican primary for the 1st Congressional District seat.

Jeremy Ryan ran a quiet, no-budget campaign, saying he wants to take the Republican Party in a progressive direction. Few heard the message, and fewer voted for it.

Attention now turns to the main event: Ryan versus Zerban.

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Paul Ryan wins GOP primary in 1st Congressional District
Former Trek exec Mary Burke wins Wisconsin Democratic governor nomination
By Associated Press | 9 pm 8/12/14

MADISON—Former Trek Bicycles executive Mary Burke has easily defeated state Rep. Brett Hulsey in the Democratic primary for governor.

With Tuesday's win, Burke advances to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 4 general election.

Hulsey was never a serious threat to Burke, raising next-to-no money for the race, hiring no staff and largely being shunned by Democratic Party leaders.

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Former Trek exec Mary Burke wins Wisconsin Democratic governor nomination
Today is Wisconsin's fall primary election day
By Gazette staff | 6 pm 8/12/14
Polls are open at 7 a.m. today as Wisconsinites make choices about political futures. Read more...
Greg Peck: Do your civic duty and vote today
By | 11 am 8/12/14
Have you voted yet? It's primary election day in Wisconsin. I was No. 93 in Ward 14 around 9:45 a.m. Read more...
Five things to know about Wisconsin's primaries
By Associated Press | 8 pm 8/11/14
Learn how to keep yourself out of jail and more with these Election-Day tips from The Associated Press. Read more...
Five things to know about Wisconsin's primaries
Attorney general, congressional races top Wisconsin primary
By Associated Press | 8 pm 8/11/14
A hot race for Congress and a few tight contests for the state Legislature are the top draws in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary that is expected to draw lower-than-usual turnout without a top-tier statewide race on the ballot. But the primary is especially important for those candidates who face only nominal, or no, challengers in the Nov. 4 general election. Read more...
As Walker awaits, Burke hopes to make primary race a formality
By Associated Press | 4 pm 8/11/14

MADISON—Democrats hoped Mary Burke would have an easy path toward challenging Gov. Scott Walker this fall, and by most accounts she has.

The party backed Burke's candidacy, she's raised millions of dollars, run television advertising statewide and focused all of her attention on stopping the Republican Walker from being elected to a second term in November.

Only one person stands in her way before she faces Walker — state Rep. Brett Hulsey, of Madison.

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City of Milton polling place will be at 710 S. Janesville St.
By Gazette staff | 10 am 8/11/14
The polling place for the city of Milton partisan primary will be in the new City Hall council chambers at 710 S. Janesville St., Milton. Read more...
Sheridan plans Election Day visits to district communities
By Gazette staff | 9 am 8/11/14
Sheridan invites the public to join him Tuesday during a “whistle stop tour” of cities and villages in the 15th Senate District. Read more...
Big election, low turnout expected Tuesday
By | 3 pm 8/8/14
Voters face interesting and important choices on Tuesday's ballot. But will they head to the polls to make them? State projections suggest otherwise. Read more...
Big election, low turnout expected Tuesday
Campaign managers wear many hats in local primaries
By | 11 am 8/6/14
Campaign managers guide the daily activities of many candidates in the Aug. 12 primary elections. Read more...
Campaign managers wear many hats in local primaries