Wisconsin Election Results

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 10:47 am

The final votes have been tallied from Tuesday’s elections in Wisconsin, and although the winner state Supreme Court seat is up in the air, we are finding out a bit more about who has won the local races.

Burnett County

Jeff Roberts defeated Tom Stusek 130-48 to become Webster Villiage President. Charlie Weis was the leading vote getter in Webster’s Villiage Trustees Race. Kelly Gunderson came in second, just two votes behind Weis.

In the town of Grantsburg, Michael Janke defeated James Paden to become Town Supervisor. Dean Josephson defeated both Glenn Rolloff and Mark Dahlberg in the race for Villiage Trustee (24 votes separated the three candidates in that race). Romey Nelson is the town Treasurer, as he was the only person on the ballot.Jeffery Erickson was the only one to run for town Chairman – he received 153 votes. Roger Panek was unopposed in his run for Villiage President.

In the town of Siren, Philip Stiemann narrowly edged Bert Fudd Lund Jr. 108-106 for Town Supervisor. Dave Alden defeated Thomas Anderson for Villiage Trustee. Duane Wiberg had no opponent for Town Chairman – he received 140 votes. Janet Hunter wins as Villiage President, Mary Hunter wins as Town Clerk, and Judy Johnson wins as Town Treasurer; all three were unopposed.

Jeff Anderson will be the new Polk County Circuit Court Judge, replacing retired judge Robert Rasmussen. Anderson defeated Daniel Steffen in the spring election Tuesday. The vote with all returns in was 4,638 for Anderson (51.3%) to 4,395 for Steffen (48.7%). Anderson carried 24 of the 36 municipalities in the county.
Anderson is scheduled to take office Aug. 1 but might be appointed to take office sooner since the judgeship is now vacant. See this week’s print and e-edition of the Leader for any updated information to this story.

We mentioned at the outset of this newscast that the race for the a seat on the state Supreme Court is still up in the air, and it should be noted that a recount is coming. Incumbent conservative Justice David Prosser won a nonpartisan, four-way primary with 55 percent of the vote prior to the election, but has run into some trouble. Liberal JoAnne Kloppenburg has a 204 vote lead over Prosser in the unofficial returns… many union supporters got out to vote for Kloppenburg, and the election was viewed as a referendum on Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill, which takes away some bargaining rights for state employees. Kloppenburg is viewed by many as the liberal’s last chance overturn the new legislation…

Gov. Scott Walker had already signed the controversial first portion of the bill last month, and yesterday signed fiscal portions of the budget repair bill into law yesterday.

Walker said the bill will allow the state to finish the fiscal year of 2011 with a balanced budget.

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