Wisconsin voters will head to their local polling places next Tuesday, August 9 to cast their ballots in the primary elections in a wide range of state and countywide races.
In Wisconsin’s primary system, voters will have to remain within the same party when voting on their ballot; in other words, either only for Republican candidates or only for Democratic candidates.
Here’s a summary of the candidates and races that area voters will find on the ballot next Tuesday:
There are five Republican candidates who will be narrowed down to one in the primary, with that person then facing Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in the Nov. 8 general election. The Republican candidates are Kevin Nicholson of Pewaukee, Rebecca Kleefisch of Sullivan, Timothy Ram-thun of Campbellsport, Adam J. Fisher of Oak Creek and Tim Michels of Hartland.
Nicholson suspended his campaign on July 5.
Kleefisch, who was scheduled to stop in Chilton last Tuesday, says on her candidacy website that she “understands the challenges families in Wisconsin face with soaring inflation, rising crime, declining schools and out of control government spending. Rebecca stood with Scott Walker as lieutenant governor to cut taxes, create jobs, expand educational choice, and protect Wisconsin workers and families. As Governor, Rebecca will cut taxes and invest in worker training to get our economy back on track, support law enforcement and crack down on crime, ensure parents can choose between quality education options for their children and take on the big Madison government.”
Ramthum served New Holstein and the “Holyland” area of Fond du Lac County as a deputy for the 59th District. His website states: “At the call of his constituents, Tim began digging into the number one issue being asked of him: election integrity. His efforts quickly became the talk of the state. His Assembly Office created a presentation that included a year of evidence as well as analysis and opinions from nationally recognized lawyers and constitutional experts, all of whom agreed that our founding fathers anticipated corruption and brought remedies. It’s not OK for Democrats or Republicans to simply repeat what they’ve been told to say about our ability to fix the scorecard. No other candidate fought for truth and justice in the integrity of the elections.
On one of his candidate pages, Fisher said, “I’m a Christian Republican. I believe we need to put God back into schools, families and businesses. I believe God is calling me to run for governor of Wisconsin, the state I love, where I have lived all my life. I believe in the American dream. I’m living the American dream. I grew up in Milwaukee in an 800 square foot house. My parents were working-class people living paycheck to paycheck. I was taught to always work hard and nothing in life would be handed to me.
Likewise, Michels’ candidacy website stresses that he is not a politician, adding, “He’s a business leader, he’s a builder and he’s a veteran. He grew up in Brownsville where he learned the value of commitment and hard work. After graduating, Tim joined the US Army, where he served for 12 years. After spending his time in uniform and achieving the rank of Major, Tim returned home to Wisconsin and, alongside his brothers, helped grow the family business from a few hundred employees to more than 8,000…”
With current Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes stepping down to run for the US Senate, voters have a wide range of choices with two candidates on the Democratic side and eight on the Republican side.
The Democrats running are Peng Her of Madison and Sara Rodriguez of Brookfield. The winner will face in November the top voter from this list of Republican candidates – Patrick Testin of Stevens Point, Will Martin of Racine, Kyle Yudes of Eau Claire, Roger Roth of Appleton, David Varnam of Lancaster, Cindy Werner of Milwaukee, David D. King of Milwaukee and Jonathan Wichmann of Franklin.
Along with the race for governor, perhaps the race that gets the most attention in Wisconsin is the race for the seat of Senator Ron Johnson. Johnson, of Oshkosh, is challenged on the Republican ticket by David Schroeder of Milwaukee.
The Democratic side of this race had eight candidates – until last week when two leading candidates announced they were dropping out. Milwaukee’s Alex Lasry – part of the Milwaukee Bucks’ owning team – and current state treasurer Sarah Godlewski of Madison have both announced they are quitting the race.
Barnes is leading in the polls to qualify for the November election, but the other Democrats on the ticket are Kou C. Lee of Hobart, Peter Peckarsky of Milwaukee, Steven Olikara of Milwaukee, Darrell Williams of Milwaukee and Tom Nelson of Appleton.
House of Representatives
One of the races that will essentially be decided next Tuesday is the United States House of Representatives from District 6 where incumbent Glenn Grothman of Glenbeulah is challenged by Douglas Mullenix of Menasha on the Republican ticket. There are no Democratic candidates. The 6th District includes the counties of Fond du Lac, Manitowoc and Sheboygan, among others.
In the congressional race for District 8 which includes Calumet County, incumbent Mike Gallagher of Allouez is challenged on the Republican ticket by Shaun Clarmont of Oneida. The winner will face Libertarian Jacob VandenPlas of Sturgeon Bay in November.
Incumbent Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg is challenged by fellow Republicans Jeanette Deschene of Manitowoc and Ruth Villareal of Sheboygan. There are no Democratic candidates, so Tuesday’s winner will be the senator from Chilton, Kiel and other parts of Calumet, Manitowoc and Fond du Lac counties.
As Ramthun left the 59th to run for governor, two Republicans came forward to run for the seat – Ty Bodden of rural Hilbert and Vinny Egle of Kewaskum. Tuesday’s winner will be undisputed in November. The 59th Assembly District represents the City of New Holstein, the Fond du Lac County villages of St. Cloud and Mount Calvary, and other areas to the south.
Bodden has served on the Stockbridge Village Board of Directors and, in recent years, served as Calumet County Republican Party Director. He said his priorities were securing elections, eliminating voter fraud, funding and defending law enforcement, addressing labor shortages, helping businesses make in the face of current economic burdens, to pass pro-life legislation, to advocate for Second Amendment rights, to support the elimination of the Governor’s emergency declaration powers, to expand and support universal school choice, advocating for farmers and outlawing the 1619 Project, critical race theory, and any equity-based curriculum in schools.
Egle’s candidacy Facebook page states, “I’m not a politician, I’m just a normal guy. For 16 years I was a welder/fabricator in the Ozaukee County area. I then got my CDL and rode a quad axle. In 2012, I opened a small business in rural Kewaskum. I own one of many small businesses that were deemed “non-essential” and shut down for 10 weeks by Governor Tony Evers. We need more regular people like me in Madison.
Godlewski left the post to run for governor, leaving three Democrats and two Republicans on the ballot.
The Democratic candidates are Aaron Richardson of Fitchburg, Angelito Tenorio of West Allis and Gillian Battino of Wausau. The winner of those three will face Republican race winner John Leiber of Cottage Grove and Orlando Owens of Milwaukee in November, as well as Constitution Party candidate Andrew Zuelke of Ripon.
Incumbent Josh Kaul of Madison, a Democrat, will face the winner of a three-way Republican race on Tuesday – Eric Toney of Fond du Lac, Karen Mueller of Chippewa Falls and Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake.
Secretary of State
Incumbent Doug La Follette, a Democrat, is seeking re-election and is opposed Tuesday by Democrat Alexia Sabor of Madison.
On the Republican side, Clinton’s Amy Lynn Loudenbeck, Neenah’s Jay Schroeder and Green Bay’s Justin Schmidtka are running.