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11/9/2012 4:06:00 AM
Schiek is new O.C. DA; Tiffany helps tip Senate to GOP
Duffy, Swearingen, Czaja all celebrate victories
Rob Swearingen
Rob Swearingen
Mary Czaja defeated two opponents in the 35th Assembly District seat
Mary Czaja defeated two opponents
in the 35th Assembly District seat

While the nation held its collective breath Tuesday night in anticipation of who would win the presidency, there were also some key local elections in the Northwoods.

The races of importance for area residents were Oneida County District Attorney, the 34th, 35th and 74th State Assembly seats, the 12th District State Senate, the 7th Congressional District seat, and retiring Sen. Herb Kohl’s seat in the U.S. Senate.

With the help of Tom Tiffany’s victory in the 12th State Senate District, the Republicans regained majority control of the Senate, while maintaining their majority in the Assembly.


Oneida County District Attorney

On the ballot for Oneida County district attorney were Scott Moller and Michael Schiek.

Schiek received 11,017 votes and defeated Moller who garnered 9,337 votes. Schiek will take over the office vacated when Michael Bloom was elected Oneida County judge last spring.


34th Assembly 

The 34th Assembly seat opened when Dan Meyer decided not to seek re-election.

Four candidates were on Tuesday’s 34th Assembly ballot: Republican Rob Swearingen, Democrat Merlin Van Buren, and two Independent candidates, Todd Albano and Kevin FitzPatrick.

In Vilas and Oneida counties, Swearingen received 17,397 votes, Democrat Merlin Van Buren received 10,947 and independent candidates Kevin FitzPatrick and Todd Albano received 1,304 and 721 votes, respectively.

Districtwide, Swearingen received 19,415, Van Buren 12,288, FitzPatrick 1,459 and Albano 784.

Swearingen said the election “has been a pretty humbling experience. It still amazes me the quality of people in the Northwoods and I thank them for their support.”

Swearingen said both parties must work together in Madison.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat, we have to come together to get the job done,” Swearingen said. “It’s a good feeling to get 57 percent of the vote when you have four guys in the race.”

Swearingen said he’s “looking forward to any legislation that would create jobs whether it be mining or tourism. We need to jump-start this economy.”

35th Assembly

In a case of political dominoes, Tom Tiffany, the former 35th Assembly representative, decided earlier this year to seek the 12th District State Senate seat and vacate his 35th Assembly seat.

Three candidates were on Tuesday’s ballot to fill the 35th Assembly seat:  Republican Mary Czaja, Democrat Kevin Koth and Independent Kevin Tjugum.

Czaja was declared the winner of that seat around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Czaja received 1,014 from both Oneida and Vilas counties, Koth received              867 votes and independent candidate Patrick Tjugum received 257.  

Districtwide, Czaja received 15,458, Koth 12,130 and Tjugum received 1,395.


74th Assembly

In the race for the state’s 74th Assembly District seat incumbent Democrat Janet Bewley was challenged by Republican John Sendra.

Bewley easily won re-election by receiving 18,557 votes to Sendra’s 12,910.

In Vilas County, Bewley received 960 votes to Sendra’s 519.

The 74th Assembly District includes a small portion of northwest Vilas County.


12th District State Senate

Tiffany, the Republican, Democrat Susan Sommer, and Independent Paul Ehlers were vying for the 12th District State Senate seat. 

In both Vilas and Oneida counties Tiffany received 18,256 votes,                   Sommer 13,315 and Ehlers 1,325 votes.

Tiffany said he ran on the platform that “we made some important changes in the last session [when he was in the Assembly], but we still have more work that needs to be done. I look forward to representing the Northwoods in Madison and enacting more reforms to make this a great place to run a business or raise a family.”

Tiffany expects to be working on similar issues when the Legislature reconvenes.

“I expect one of the first will be if it is possible to pass an iron ore mining bill, Tiffany said. “The other thing I want to look at closely ... is the budget. We need to make some changes, cutting out waste and fraud and spending the taxpayers’ dollar wisely.”

Tiffany said his campaign focused on substantive issues. 

“It’s been a positive campaign. I appreciate the support from the people in the Northwoods and appreciate my opponents also focusing on substantive issues. I enjoyed the debate with them,” Tiffany said.


7th Congressional District

Democrat Pat Kreitlow’s attempt to defeat incumbent Republican Sean Duffy for the state’s 7th Congressional District seat fell short.

In both Vilas and Oneida counties Duffy collected 19,556 votes to                    Kreitlow’s 14,280.

Districtwide, Duffy received 200,033 votes to Kreitlow’s 155,068. According to published reports, Duffy expressed even more satisfaction with his victory because he knew he had been targeted for defeat by Democrats.

“This was one of the top-targeted seats in the country,” Duffy said. “They [Democrats and supporters] spent millions of dollars on this campaign.”

Duffy said he will continue to work to reform the tax code, cut regulations for small businesses and fight deficit spending. He bolstered that message in his victory speech Tuesday night.

“We have a government that is expanding and you have the boot of government on the neck of small businesses. And they can’t breathe,” Duffy said. “We have to lift that boot.”

Kreitlow thanked all of his supporters.

“Thank you to all of the people across Wisconsin who stood together because the believe Washington can do better. That we can work to create jobs, grow our economy, and get Washington working,” Kreitlow said. “I congratulate Congressman Duffy and wish him and his family the best of luck.”


U.S. Senate

Tammy Baldwin was locked in a tight race for most of the night with former Gov. Tommy Thompson for the Wisconsin seat that had been vacated by the retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. Baldwin went on to win handily.

Thompson, who lost the overall race to Baldwin, earned the most votes of the two in Vilas and Oneida counties.

In Oneida County, Thompson received 10,169 votes to Baldwin’s 10,035. In Vilas County, Thompson received 7,292 to Baldwin’s 5,749. 

Statewide results showed Baldwin  with 1,544,274 votes to Thompson’s 1,377,253.


Presidential race

Barack Obama carried Wisconsin, but finished second to Mitt Romney in both Vilas and Oneida counties. In both counties, Romney received a total of 18,640 votes to Obama’s 16,370. Statewide, however, Obama received 1,613,950 votes to Romney’s 1,408,745.


County elected offices

In both Vilas and Oneida counties incumbents for county clerk, treasurer, and register of deeds all ran unopposed and were re-elected.

Joe VanDeLaarschot may be reached at jvandelaarschot@lakelandtimes.com.

Results as of late Wednesday afternoon are below. All numbers are those reported by Oneida and Vilas counties and each voting district as noted 


Statewide numbers

Barack Obama     1,599,656             

Mitt Romney         

Oneida County District Attorney

Scott Moller          9,337

Michael Schiek   11,017   

34th Assembly District

Rob Swearingen      19,415                  

Merlin Van Buren   12,288                  

Kevin FitzPatrick       1,459

Todd Albano                 784                  


35th Assembly District
Mary Czaja           15,458                     

Kevin Koth            12,130               

Patrick Tjugum      1,395               

74th Assembly District
Janet Bewley    18,557

John Sendra      

12th State Senate

                       Vilas and Oneida   Districtwide
Tom Tiffany       18,256            51,069        

Susan Sommer   13,315            36,710   

Paul Ehlers           1,325             2,958  

7th Congressional District

                    Vilas and Oneida    Districtwide
Sean Duffy     19,556              200,033             

Pat Kreitlow  14,280              155,068      

U.S. Senate

                                      Statewide numbers

Tammy Baldwin       1,530,528

Tommy Thompson


Oneida County results are available by clicking here.

Vilas County results, though not available as of 9:30 p.m., are linked here.

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