(Dodge County) In the special election for State Senate District 13, the seat that was vacated by Scott Fitzgerald prior to his election to Congress in the fall, Republican John Jagler of Watertown claimed victory with just over 50-percent of the vote. Democrat Melissa Winker of Oconomowoc picked up around 44-percent of ballots cast while Trump Conservative Spencer Zimmerman logged around five-percent and Solidarity Party Candidate Ben Schmitz saw a half-percentage point.
Jagler issued a statement following his election night victory:
“Tonight is an incredibly proud night for me, but I know that the real work begins tomorrow morning. I want to say thank you to the people of the 13th Senate District for the incredible honor of serving as their voice in the Senate. I promise to fight every day to earn the trust they’ve placed in me.
I want to thank Congressman Scott Fitzgerald, and I owe him a debt of gratitude for his support on day one, as well as his advice and support over the course of this campaign.
Most of all, I want to thank my family – my wife Heidi and our kids, for their patience and their love and support as I spent the last few months doing three full-time jobs at once: serving in the Assembly; running for Senate; and keeping up with our family business.
This campaign gave me the wonderful experience of meeting so many new voters in the 13th – families, small businesses, and people from all walks of life who are struggling to survive these challenges we’re facing. I told them that I would fight for them in Madison, that I would work for them, and that I would do everything I could to make things better for them.
Thank you again, to the people of the 13th District, for the opportunity of a lifetime. I can’t wait to get started.”