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Sheriff races big in Tuesday's primary
In tomorrow’s primary elections, sheriff races are generating more interest than usual. Miranda Vander Leest reports.
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board predicts a statewide turnout of 15%.
The primary election for state legislators, representatives and sheriff will be held on Tuesday. The Government Accountability Board predicts a statewide turnout of just 15%. But far northern counties expect higher numbers. Ashland County Clerk Heather Schutte expects a 25% voter turnout. She says the Democratic primary for governor is generating the most interest.
However, Sawyer County Clerk Kris Mayberry says the Republican race for sheriff is the one to watch. “The primary for governor and state legislators and senators are less interesting. Whoever gets nominated will probably win because there is no Democratic opposition in the sheriff’s race. It will be the race of most interest.”
Mayberry says he has no idea of what the turnout will be.
Washburn County and City of Superior clerks also say the sheriff’s race is getting noticed. Superior Clerk Terri Kalan says partisan elections usually spark little interest, but with the two Democrats running, she expects a bigger turn out than usual. “It may be about 15 percent, and that might be a little high. We do have the sheriff’s race and that will generate more than the average turn out.”
She says the average from previous years is 10 percent.
Washburn County Clerk Lolita Olson says it’s hard to say what to expect. With the election being held in the summer instead of September, she says it’ll cut down on the number of voters. But like the rest of the counties, she says the race for sheriff will draw people in.
“There’s two Republicans on the primary and one is an incumbent who has been here for over 20 years.”
All counties reported that there are no referendums on the ballot.
Ashland and Bayfield Counties League of Women Voters is encouraging everyone to get out to vote. Polls will be open on Tuesday from 7am to 8pm.
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