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8/14/2014 3:01:00 PM
Few primary surprises in Northwoods
Low voter turnout in Oneida, Vilas counties
Chief Inspector Irene Gravelle helps Jennifer Rems (center) and Bill Rems (right) register to vote on primary election day Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Boulder Junction Fire Department.Dean Hall photograph

Chief Inspector Irene Gravelle helps Jennifer Rems (center) and Bill Rems (right) register to vote on primary election day Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Boulder Junction Fire Department.

Dean Hall photograph

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke handily won Tuesday’s partisan primary in Oneida and Vilas counties and across the state, becoming the first woman to be nominated for governor in a major political party.

Burke received 1,234 votes in Oneida County and 685 votes in Vilas County, while the only other Democratic candidate, Brett Hulsey, garnered 171 votes in Oneida County and 76 votes in Vilas County.

In a statement issued Tuesday night, Burke said she would seek bipartisan support as the November general election draws near.

“I am truly honored by the trust placed in me by Wisconsin voters and look forward to continuing to earn the support of Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike over the next 84 days,” Burke said in a statement.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker received 1,051 votes in Oneida County and 791 votes in Vilas County; he ran unopposed on the Republican ticket.

Walker’s campaign did not issue a statement Tuesday night, but the Republican Governor’s Association did. Its chairperson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said the association “is proud to support Governor Scott Walker’s re-election.”

Many of the results were the same for both counties:

• For the lieutenant governor's race, Mary Jo Walters beat John Lehman on the Democratic side. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch ran unopposed on the Republican ticket.

• Susan Happ beat out Jon Richards and Ismael Ozanne for the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. Brad Schimel won the Republican nomination in an uncontested race.

• Julian Bradley prevailed over Garey Bies for the Republican nomination in the secretary of state's race. Incumbent Doug La Follette won the Democratic nomination without any challengers. Jerry Broltzman also secured the Constitution Party nomination; he ran unopposed.

• The state treasurer’s race had contested tickets for both Republicans and Democrats. On the Republican ticket, Matt Adamczyk prevailed over Randal Melchert. And on the Democratic side, David Sartori beat Dave Leaper. Constitution Party candidate Andrew Zuelke also won that party’s nomination without challengers.

In the state Legislature, State Rep. Rob Swearingen received the Republican nomination in an uncontested race for Assembly District 34. The same for State Rep. Mary Czaja in Assembly District 35.

Two state legislative districts were contested, both in Vilas County. In Senate District 25, Janet Bewley beat out Thomas Ratzlaff and Gary Kauther in the Democratic primary. The Republican ticket in that district had one candidate, Dane Deutsch, who will proceed against Bewley.

And in Assembly District 74, Graham Garfield prevailed against Beth Meyers by one vote in the Democratic primary. Jamey Francis, on the Republican side, had no opponents.

Locally, Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman secured the Republican Party nomination. He had no challengers. Tom Wakely received several write-in votes on the Democratic side. Clerk of Courts Brenda Behrle also won the Republican Party nomination in an uncontested race.

In Vilas County, Sheriff Joe Fath, Coroner Paul Tirpe and Clerk of Circuit Court Jean Numrich all prevailed as Republican candidates with no challengers in the primary and from other political parties.

At the federal level, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy easily took the Republican nomination in a primary race against Don Raihala for 7th Congressional District. This fall Duffy will face Kelly Westlund, who won the Democratic Party’s nomination against Mike Krsiean.

Few citizens took to the polls Tuesday. Voter turnout in Oneida County was 9 percent, according to the county clerk's office. In Vilas County, that figure was at 11 percent.

Winning candidates will face off in the general election on Nov. 4.

Jonathan Anderson may be reached at janderson@lakelandtimes.com.

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