(Dodge County) The biggest countywide race on local primary ballots will be for Dodge County Sheriff. Barring a write-in campaign, Tuesday’s election will decide if incumbent Sheriff Dale Schmidt will stay in office or if challenger Lt. Jim Ketchem will unset him.
When voters arrive at the polls, Schmidt asks them to remember his dedication and passion to serving the citizens of the county. He says while in office a lot of work has already been put into cracking down on sex trafficking, drug and alcohol addiction and seeking out the root causes of community problems in an effort to find long lasting solution. Schmidt says he is endorsed by Attorney General Brad Schimel, the Republican Party of Dodge County, 50 current Wisconsin Sheriff’s, law enforcement executives, officers and support staff.
Ketchem says the decision on who to elect should come down to leadership and he promises to (quote) “do better” than his opponent. He says Schmidt has spent thousands of tax payer dollars on wasteful expenditures such as new badges and a 65-inch touch screen TV. Ketchem says he will improve inter-agency communication and internal managerial issues, all of which have been issues under Schmidt and is the reason why 130 local law enforcement officers support Ketchem for sheriff.
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For the first time in ten years Republican Representative Jim Sensenbrenner is facing a challenger in a primary. Dr. Jennifer Vipond acknowledges she is taking on a well-funded, well-known candidate and is running because she sees first hand people struggle to pay medical bills. Sensenbrenner has held the office in Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional district since 1979. The district covers all of Washington and Jefferson counties, most of Waukesha County, and portions of Milwaukee, Walworth and Dodge counties.
Five Republicans are squaring-off tomorrow for the chance to oppose incumbent US Senator Tammy Baldwin. They are Charles Barman of Delavan, Griffin Jones of Madison, George Lucia of De Pere, Kevin Nicholson of Pewaukee and Leah Vukmir of Brookfield.
Republican Governor Scott Walker has his own primary opponent as Robert Meyer of Sun Prairie will be appearing on the Republican ticket alongside the two-term incumbent. There are eight Democratic gubernatorial candidates in tomorrow’s primary. State schools chief Tony Evers is the apparent front-runner in a race that also includes Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, former State Representative Brett Hulsey, former Democratic Party Chairman Matt Flynn, State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, former State Representative Kelda Helen Roys, political newcomer Josh Pade and Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Director Mike McCabe.
Voters in the Waterloo School District will see two school funding referendum questions when they head to the polls tomorrow. One question is seeking approval to fund $7.3 million in facilities upgrades district-wide including safety and security upgrades; ADA compliance updates; capital maintenance and building infrastructure improvements; a restroom addition and various site improvements. The second question seeks $8.9 million for a building project, authorizing the district to borrow funds for the construction of an addition for a fitness center, a gymnasium, locker rooms, a commons area and various site improvements.