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Pair of independents seek to unseat Walworth County sheriff

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Jason Smathers
July 14, 2010
— Walworth County Sheriff David Graves will have two challengers in the November general election.

Graves, 57, of Elkhorn, will face Csaba G. Keller, 49, of Walworth, and Paul A. Yakowenko, of Genoa, in the general election. Both are running as independents.


Graves, a Republican, was first elected sheriff in 2000. He previously served as undersheriff, patrol commander and assistant jail administrator and has worked for the sheriff’s office since 1976.


Keller is a former deputy coroner in Kenosha County. He lost his bid for county coroner in 2006 against incumbent John Griebel. Keller also ran for Walworth Town Chairman in 2007, but lost to incumbent Jospeh Abel.


Yakowenko is a firefighter with the Bloomfield-Genoa City Fire and Rescue and is president of the Walworth County Firefighters Association. He also is a correctional training officer at the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.


Walworth clerk of courts contested in primary

Clerk of Circuit Courts Sheila T. Reiff, 50, of Elkhorn, will face challenger Carol Unger-Krietz, 47, of Delavan, in the Sept. 14 Republican primary.


Reiff has served as clerk since 1995. She also is a past treasurer of the Wisconsin Clerks of Circuit Court Association and has been a part of the National Association of Court Managers. Reiff also headed up local implementation of the Wisconsin Victim Information and Notification Everyday service, which is expected to be up and running later this year.


Unger-Krietz is a Delavan attorney who has run her own practice since 1992. She announced in June her intentions to run for clerk of circuit courts to make the office more efficient.


Walworth coroner uncontested

John Griebel, 75, of Elkhorn, who has served as coroner since 1960, is running for an uncontested 25th term. Griebel is past president and a member of the Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, a member of the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators, and he belongs to the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. He also was Elkhorn’s health officer until the city eliminated the position in 2004.



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