August primary election features heated races

by Jeff Pederson of The Review staff

Fall election season is poised to arrive in full force this year, as candidates will square off in a host of state and national primary races Tuesday, Aug. 12.

In the state 26th District Assembly race, Oostburg State Bank President Terry Katsma of Oostburg and financial advisor Job Hou-Seye of Sheboygan will square off in the Republican primary.

Neither Hou-Seye or Katsma has held a state office before.

The winner of the primary will meet former state Assemblyman and Sheboygan Mayor Terry Van Akkeren in the fall general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. .

The 26th state Assembly seat will be vacated by Sheboygan Falls native and Republican Rep. Mike Endsley, who has decided not to seek re-election.

In the 27th state Assembly District, Republican Rep. Steve Kestell is set to vacate his seat after serving in the state Assembly for the past 15 years.

Republican primary hopefuls include Sheboygan Alderman Darryl Carlson, Plymouth Alderwoman Jackie Jarvis and former staff member for retired U.S. Rep. Tom Petri Tyler Vorpagel of Plymouth.

The winner of the 27th state Assembly District Republican primary will face off against Democratic candidate Scott Heinig.

The retirement of longtime 6th District U.S. Congressman Tom Petri, has prompted five candidates, including four Republicans, to seek the open seat.

The Republican primary will see current 9th District state Sen. Joe Leibham of Sheboygan, 20th District state Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend, Moraine Park Technical College instructor Tom Denow of Oshkosh and 60th District state Sen. Duey Stroebel of Saukville vying for a spot on the fall general election ballot.

The winner of the 9th District Senate primary will face Democrat Mark Harris of Oshkosh in the fall general election.

There will not be a contested primary in the 9th District Senate race.

Sheboygan Democrat Martha Laning, former executive director of the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition, will meet Republican Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg, current Sheboygan County Board supervisor, on Nov. 4, for the right to replace Leibham, who currently holds the seat.

A number of state level primaries are also on the ballot, including the governor’s race, as Mary Burke of Madison and Brett Hulsey of Madison will meet in the Democratic gubernatorial primary .

The Democratic primary winner will face current Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 4 fall general election.

In the lieutenant governor’s race, John Lehman of Racine and Mary Jo Walters of Madison will face off in the Democratic primary for the chance to run against present incumbent Republican Rebecca Kleefisch of Oconomowoc.

With present Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen deciding not to seek re-election, three Democrats will meet in the primary.

Susan Happ of Jefferson, Ismael Ozanne of Madison and John Richards of Milwaukee will be on the Democratic ballot seeking the right to face Republican Brad Schimel of Waukesha in the fall general election.

The Secretary of State race will include a Republic primary between Julian Bradley of La Crosse and Garey Bies of Sister Bay.

Either Bradly or Bies will be on the ballot to run against Democratic incumbent Douglas LaFollette of Madison and Constitution Party candidate Jerry Broitzman of Milwaukee.

The race for state treasurer will feature primary races in both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Dave Leeper of Madison and David Sartori of Cudahy will face off in the Democratic primary and Matt Adamczyk and Randall Melchert will meet in the Republican primary.

The two winners will square off in the fall election, along with Constitution Party candidate Andrew Zuelke.

Primary voters must pick one party to cast votes for on their ballots, as crossover voting is not allowed.

In addition to the packed primary, voters in the city of Sheboygan Falls will be casting their ballots at a new location.

With the Municipal Building renovation project in full swing, voting will shift across the parking lot to the Sheboygan Falls YMCA. According to Sheboygan Falls City Clerk- Treasurer Joel Tauschek, city of Falls residents will cast ballots in the YMCA gym for the next two elections.

“This is going to affect the Aug. 12 primary election and the fall general election on Nov. 4,” Tauschek said.

Tauschek added that the city is notifying the public of the change in a number of different ways.

“Voters are being noticed through the Sheboygan County election flyer that comes out the week before the election, as well as our website, the Government Accountability Board website and through a sign that will be posted at 375 Buffalo St. [Municipal Building] directing people to the YMCA.”

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