Incumbents Returned To Posts In Marinette County Issue Date: November 8, 2018
Voters in Marinette and Oconto counties flocked to the polls in record numbers for the mid-term general elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Unlike voters in more southern parts of the state, ballots were cast solidly for Republican candidates, most of them incumbents.
At press time on Wednesday, some of the state and national races were still too close to count.
The race between Democrat Tony Evers and Republican Incumbent Scott Walker was almost too close to count, but it appears Evers is the winner with approximately a 1 percent lead over Walker. There has already been talk of a possible recount. Republicans retained control of both the Assembly and the State Senate.
In Marinette County, voters preferred Walker to Evers by a margin of 10.916 to 6.193, and in Oconto County that margin was 11,493 for Walker and 5,857 for Evers.
Nationally, Republicans gained seats in the United States Senate and kept control there. Democrats gained seats in the house. Even with 20 House seats undecided at press time, Democrats had already won more than the 218 seats needed for them to gain a majority. In the United States Senate, the Republicans maintained at least a 52-48 majority, and possibly could widen that to 55-45 depending on the outcome of the three races still unsettled.
Assemblymen Jeff Mursau of Crivitz and John Nygren of Marinette, both Republicans, winning by significant margins over Democrat challengers Ken Holdorf in Nygren's district and Tim Comer in Mursau's.
Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve retained his position with 13,810 votes to 1,746 write in votes for challenger Fred Popp, who had lost to Sauve in the Republican Party Primary.
Shiela Dudka, the incumbent Marinette County Clerk of Circuit Court, a Republican, gathered 13,599 votes to easily defeat a write-in challenge from Carrie Brazeau, also a Republican, who received 1,729 votes.
Voters in the Town of Middle Inlet decided by a very narrow 206 to 189 margin that their Town Clerk/Treasurer should be appointed rather than elected, a change that had been urged for approval by the town board and incumbent Clerk/Treasurer Chuck Stanek. It will go into effect when Stanek's current term ends in April.
In Goodman/Armstrong Creek School District, voters rejected a referendum that would have authorized the School Board to levy a school tax that exceeded the levy limits by $750,000 a year to cover operational and maintenance costs.
In Gillet School District, in Oconto County, voters approved a school funding referendum that allows the district to exceed the levy limits by $600,000 a year. Vote was 1,012 yes to 864 no. They had rejected similar resolutions twice in the last to and a half years.
Incumbent Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican was narrowly defeated by Democrat challenger Josh Kaul, but with a margin of less than one percent, there is a chance of a recount.
Incumbent Democrat Senator Tammy Baldwin will return to Washington with a victory over Republican Challenger Leah Vukmir. In Marinette County voters preferred Vukmir to Baldwin by a 9,731 to 7,520 margin.
In Oconto County, Republican Incumbent Mike Hodkiewicz, unopposed, drew 15,519 votes or reelection.
Todd Skarban, a Republican, received 15,586 vote to win the Oconto Sheriff Position being vacated by retiring Sheriff Mike Jansen, who did not seek reelection. Jansen also is a Republican. There was no oposition.
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