Plymouth native Evers carries city, county in bid to oppose Walker

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

Democrat Tony Evers got strong support from his native city and county in his successful bid in the party’s gubernatorial primary Tuesday.

The current Superintendent of Public Instruction – a Plymouth native, Plymouth High School graduate and member of the PHS Alumni Wall of Fame – emerged from a crowded field to win the nod to oppose incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 6 general election.

Statewide, Evers got nearly 42 percent of the vote on the Democratic ballot jammed with 10 candidates, far ahead of Madison firefighter Mahlon Mitchell with 16.4 percent.

In the city of Plymouth, Evers pulled nearly two-thirds of the vote, with 430 votes or 63.6 percent. Mitchell and former State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys both got 67 votes, roughly 10 percent each, of the vote in Plymouth.

Countywide, Evers won 50.5 percent of the vote, with Mitchell far behind in second with 15 percent and Roys with 11.6 percent.

The primary saw an especially heavy voter turnout, with nearly 1 million votes cast statewide, a roughly 22 percent voter turnout.

Turnout in Sheboygan County was even higher, at 32 percent, which was matched in the city of Plymouth.

The other highly-publicized contested statewide race in Tuesday’s primary was on the Republican side for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Tammy Baldwin – who had no opposition in her primary.

State Sen. Leah Vukmir won the Republican primary with 48.9 percent of the vote statewide to 43 percent for businessman Kevin Nicholson, a margin of nearly 6 percent.

The race was much closer in Sheboygan County, with Vukmir getting 49.1 percent of the vote to 47.1 percent for Nicholson, a two-percent margin.

The only contested race for the state Legislature in Sheboygan County was the Republican race for the 59th Assembly district, which includes the town of Greenbush minus the village of Glenbeulah and the towns of Lyndon, Mitchell, Russell and Scott.

Incumbent Jesse Kremer did not run for re-election and four candidates ran for the open seat.

Timothy Ramthun finished first with 34 percent of the vote district-wide and 33.6 percent in the county. Ty Bodden ran second with 31 percent district-wide and 28 percent in the county, while Rachel Mixon finished a close third with 26 percent of the district vote and 27.5 percent in the county.

Ramthun is virtually assured election in November, as no Democratic candidate filed to run for the seat.

Sheboygan businessman Kurt Kober carried his home county in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor by a better than three-to-two margin over Mandela Barnes, a former state representative from Milwaukee.

That didn’t carry over to the rest of the state for Kober, however, as Barnes won with 68 percent of the vote statewide.

County voters followed the state results in other primaries for state offices.

Republicans here and across the state favored Jay Schroeder for secretary of state and Travis Hartwig for state treasurer – both positions which Republicans have attempted to eliminate or severely limit.

On the Democratic side, incumbent Doug LaFollette was chosen to run again for secretary of state while Sarah Godlewski emerged from a three candidate field that included former state Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass to win the nomination for that post.

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