Republican primaries dominate August ballot here

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

It should be a hot summer politically in Sheboygan County – especially for Republicans.

There will be primaries on the Republican side for several open Legislative seats in the county, as well as for the open Congressional seat.

The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 12, with the general election to follow Tuesday, Nov. 4.

There will be Republican primaries in all three Assembly districts in the county, and there could be a Republican primary for the 9th Senate district seat as well.

In the 6th Congressional District, primary choices will face voters in both the Democratic and Republican parties.

That is because the seat is open for the first time in 35 years with the retirement of incumbent Republican Tom Petri.

Three current state legislators – Sen. Joe Leibham of Sheboygan, Sen. Glenn Grothman of Campbellsport and Rep. Duey Strobel of Saukville – are vying for the Republican nod for that seat, along with Oshkosh resident Tom Denow. Another potential Republican candidate – Nancy Olson of Oshkosh – did not have a sufficient number of valid signatures on her petition, according to the state Gov- ern- ment A c - countability Board, and will not be on the ballot.

On the Democratic side, Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris has been certified by the GAB, while papers for Gary Wetzel of Ripon were still being reviewed by the GAB as of Tuesday night.

No Democrat has won in the 6th District, which currently runs from Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties west to Adams County and also includes Dodge County, since 1966.

Leibham’s bid for Congress left an opening in the 9th state Senate District, which includes parts of Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Calumet and Fond du Lac counties.

Businessman Barry Nelson of Manitowoc had filed nomination papers for the seat, but the GAB ruled he did not have a sufficient number of valid signatures.

Nelson told the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter he plans to submit further documentation to the GAB to validate enough signatures to earn a place on the ballot.

The candid ates certi- fied by the GAB are Republican Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg, currently a Sheboygan County Board supervisor, and Democrat Martha Laning of Sheboygan, former executive director of the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition.

If Nelson is successful in his effort, he will face off against LeMahieu in a primary in August.

Three candidates won a spot on the ballot for the Republican primary in the 27th Assembly District, which includes the northern half of Sheboygan County and a slice of southern Manitowoc County.

The seat became vacant when Republican incumbent Steve Kestell announced he would not be running for re-election.

Squaring off in August are Jackie Jarvis of Plymouth, a former City Council member; Darryl Carlson of Sheboygan, a member of the Sheboygan City Council; and Tyler Vorpagel of Plymouth, an aide to Rep. Petri.

Scott Grover Heining of Plymouth is the only Democrat to file to run for the seat.

In the 26th Assembly District, which includes the city of Sheboygan Falls, the southern part of the city of Sheboygan, and the towns of Holland, Lima, Sherman and Wilson, Oostburg banker and former Village Board and School Board member Terry Katsma will face Job Hou-Seye of Sheboygan in a Republican primary.

Former state Rep. and Sheboygan Mayor Terry Van Akkeren was the only Democratic candidate to file.

Incumbent Rep. Michael Endsley announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election.

The 59th Assembly seat is also open as incumbent Republican Daniel LeMahieu is also not running for re-election. The district includes the towns of Greenbush, Lyndon, Mitchell, Russell and Scott in Sheboygan County.

No Democrat filed to run for the seat, so the winner of a four-way race in the Republican primary should win the seat.

The candidates are businessman Jesse Kremer of Kewaskum, Hartford School Board member Bill Savage, Calumet County Supervisor Ralph Prescott of Chilton and Kewaskum School Board President Timothy Ramthun.

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