County part of statewide Republican tidal wave

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff


Voting was steady at Plymouth City Hall and polling places throughout the county and state for Tuesday’s mid-term elections, which saw Republicans roll up impressive wins locally, statewide and across the nation. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner Voting was steady at Plymouth City Hall and polling places throughout the county and state for Tuesday’s mid-term elections, which saw Republicans roll up impressive wins locally, statewide and across the nation. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner Sheboygan County remained completely red Tuesday, but with new faces elected throughout.

Republicans or independents were winners in every contested race in the county on an Election Day that saw Republicans win massively across the state and the nation.

Voters in the town of Mitchell overwhelmingly rejected referenda that would have changed the town clerk and town treasurer to appointed positions, both by a roughly three-to-one margin.

In the Random Lake School District, voters approved an $8.5 million bonding referendum for a long list of projects at district schools. The vote was 60 percent to 40 percent in favor of the referendum.

Election night saw county voters choose a new Congressman, state Senator and three new state Assemblymen – all Republicans.

All but one of those featured races against Democrats and in each, the Republican won by a nearly three-to-two margin or better.

Republican State Sen. Glenn Grothman won the 6th Congressional District seat vacated by Rep. Tom Petri’s retirement over Democrat Mark Harris, the Winnebago County executive. Grothman got 57 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Harris, with Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf getting 2 percent of the vote.

Grothman outpolled Harris in Sheboygan County by 59 percent to 38 percent.

Republican Devin LeMahieu captured the 9th State Senate seat over Democrat Martha Laning by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent, with the vote in Sheboygan County following the same margin. The seat became open when State Sen. Joe Leibham ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District.

Republican Tyler Vorpagel, a former aide in Petri’s office, won the 27th Assembly District seat vacated when Rep. Steve Kestell announced he would not run for re-election. Vorpagel got 64 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Democrat Scott Grover Heinig. In Sheboygan County, the margin was 63 percent for Vorpagel and 37 percent for Heinig.

Former Assemblyman Terry Van Akkeren lost his bid to return to Madison in the 26th District, losing to Republican Terry Katsma in the race to succeed Republican Michael Endsley. Katsma got 61 percent of the total vote to 39 percent for Van Akkeren and outpolled Van Akkeren in Sheboygan County by the same margin.

Republican Jesse Kremer won the 59th Assembly District seat unopposed.

In the only contested county race, independent candidate Melody Lorge edged Democrat Christine Koenig for clerk of circuit court, 52 percent to 48 percent. Incumbent Clerk Nan Todd did not run for re-election.

Republicans carried Sheboygan County in all four statewide races – for Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Brad Schimel for attorney general, Julian Bradley for secretary of state and Matt Adamczyk for state treasurer.

That mirrored statewide results in all but the secretary of state contest, where incumbent Democrat Doug LaFollette was re-elected over Bradley.


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