8/6/2014 1:17:00 PM Tuesday's primary election has choices
Area voters will have plenty of choices to make in the partisan primary Tuesday, Aug. 12. The Democratic ballot is slightly heavier with races for governor, lieutenant governor, Congress representative, state senator, attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer. For Republicans, there are races to represent the party in the state Assembly, U.S. Congress, state treasurer and secretary of state races. The most contested races may be for the local seats on the state Legislature. Incumbent 75th District Rep. Stephen Smith, D-Shell Lake, is unopposed in the primary. But his Republican opponent will be determined in a race between Romaine Robert Quinn and Ken Mandley. Quinn is a graduate of Rice Lake High School and UW-Barron County and has served on the Rice Lake City Council and as mayor from 2010 to 2012. Mandley is an Air Force veteran, founding pastor of Grace Community Church in Turtle Lake and is on the Village Board of Trustees. Rice Lake businessman Dane Deutsch is the lone Republican candidate for the 25th District state Senate seat to be vacated by Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, after 28 years in office. But there is a three-way race for the Democratic spot on the November ballot. Current 74th District Assemblywoman Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, is now running for the 25th District state Senate seat. Also running are Thomas Ratzlaff, a union millworker and mayor of Park Falls for 10 years, and Gary Kauther, a Poplar man who ran against Jauch in 2006 and for the 7th District U.S. Congress seat in 2010. Two Democrats and two Republicans are running in the primary for Congress. Incumbent Sean Duffy is challenged by Don Raihala, a real estate agent in Superior. Democrats running for Congress are Mike Krsiean, a Houlton man who owns an engineering business, and Kelly Westlund, an Ashland City Council member who has worked nonprofits focused on environmental and agricultural sustainability. In the race for governor, there are two Democrats vying to take on Gov. Scott Walker. One is Mary Burke, a Madison school board member and state commerce secretary under former governor Jim Doyle. The other is Rep. Brett Hulsey of Madison. Lieutenant governor candidates are state Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, for Burke, and Mary Jo Walters, a Green Independent Democrat. Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is on the Republican ballot. Other contested races on the Republican ballot are for secretary of state and state treasurer. Running for secretary of state are Julian Bradley, vice chairman of the 3rd Congressional District Republican Party, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay. Incumbent Doug La Follette is the only candidate on the Democratic ballot. In the state treasurer primary race are Matt Adamczyk and Randall Meichert. Adamczyk helps manage a family business and has served as senior advisor to elected officials in Wisconsin. Meichert is an attorney and conservative activist. Democrats running for state treasurer are Dave Leeper and David L. Sartori. Leeper is a Madison attorney and former Green County district attorney. Sartori is a retired probation and parole agent and Greenfield city alderman. There are three candidates on the Democratic ballot for attorney general. Susan V. Happ is district attorney in Jefferson County. Ismael Ozanne is district attorney in Dane County. Jon Richards is a member of the state Assembly and lawyer in Milwaukee. Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel is running as a Republican for attorney general. The Constitution Party has two candidates on the ballot. Jerry Broitzman is running for secretary of state and Andrew Zuelke is a candidate for state treasurer. Two candidates for county offices are unopposed. They are Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald on the Democratic ballot and Clerk of Circuit Court Sharon Millermon on the Republican ballot. Voters can only cast votes for candidates of one party in the primary. Early voting is now available at local municipal offices during regular business hours until Friday, Aug. 8. Absentee ballots can also be requested by visiting "gab.wi.gov/voters/absentee." Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12.