Incumbent Kenneth Monroe is inching his way closer to a third term representing District 10 on the Walworth County Board.

Monroe was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s primary election and advances to the April 3 general election with Steven Doelder, a part-time UW-Parkside chemistry professor. Susan Bernstein came in third.

“This is just half of it,” Monroe said Tuesday night. “I’d like to thank all the people who voted for me. Now we’ve got another election. We’ll go out there and beat the bushes.”

Doelder, who could not be reached for comment, said he wanted to increase public input from residents. In an interview in early February, Doelder said he wanted to “make sure that we at least try to open the political process, try to let people know what’s really going on at the county level.”

Monroe and Doelder both presented solutions to attack the opioid epidemic in Walworth County, but they differed in their approaches.

Monroe said he wants to find solutions through the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, while Doelder supported a “people helping people” solution, calling the epidemic “symptomatic of people and relationships.”

Both candidates agree that low voter interest and awareness in the county is worrisome.

“It’s surprising how many people didn’t even know there was an election,” Monroe said.

If he is re-elected, Monroe said he planned to enhance transportation for seniors, handicapped people and veterans without raising taxes.

Doelder wants to find solutions to low constituent engagement and expand solar and alternative energy production in Walworth County.

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