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Rock County offices have contested races

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Ted Sullivan
July 14, 2010
— Sheriff Bob Spoden will face a challenger in November’s election in one of three contested races in Rock County.

Spoden, 227 Jefferson Ave., Janesville, a Democrat, will run against Republican Gary C. Keller, 10520 W. County A, Evansville.


Keller also challenged Spoden in 2006, running as an independent in that race.


Keller is a former Brodhead police officer. Spoden has been sheriff since 2006.


Coroner

Rock County Coroner Jenifer Keach, 1320 Elida St., Janesville, will face challenger Terry L. Holder, 950 Nelson Ave., Milton, in a Democratic primary Sept. 14. The winner will be unopposed in November.


Keach was appointed coroner in 2005. She was elected to the position in 2006.


Holder is an autopsy assistant and phlebotomist at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison.


Rock County voters also will decide in a November referendum whether they want to continue electing a coroner or have the county appoint a medical examiner.


If voters say they’d prefer to switch to a medical examiner, the change would not be effective until 2014 because Keach or Holder will be elected to a four-year term.


The county board wouldn’t have to follow the referendum’s outcome because it will be advisory and not binding.


Clerk of Courts

Rock County Clerk of Courts Eldred Mielke, 10323 N. Highway 26, Milton, will face challenger Kerry Schlittler, 17907 W. Highway 11, Brodhead, in November.


Mielke, a Democrat, has held the office since he was elected in 1996.


Schlittler, a Republican, has been a Rock County deputy for 28 years. He is currently a sergeant and would retire from the sheriff’s office if elected.


The clerk of courts office keeps and maintains the books and records of the small claims, civil, criminal, traffic, family, juvenile and probate actions as directed by state statutes.



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