GOP sweeps Waupaca County
Wega-Fremont, Iola-Scandy school referendums pass
Wisconsin Republicans added to their majorities in both houses of the state Legislature.
Donald Trump was elected president, Sen. Ron Johnson defeated Russ Feingold and Mike Gallagher won the 8th District House seat.
In Waupaca County, Republicans won every contested seat in virtually every precinct on Tuesday’s ballot.
Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen retained his seat, defeating Waupaca Mayor Brian Smith.
Olsen defeated Smith by a vote of 47,043 to 35,459 in the state Senate’s 14th District.
In Waupaca County, Olsen won 12,171 to 9,109.
Smith lost in every precinct in Waupaca County with the exception of the city of Waupaca, where he garnered 1,436 votes to Olsen’s 1,192.
In the 40th Assembly District, incumbent Rep. Kevin Petersen beat his Democratic challenger Dmitri Martin.
Petersen received 17,692 votes districtwide, while Martin received 9,739.
In Waupaca Couuty, Petersen garnered 13,674 votes to Martin’s 7,590.
Petersen won every precinct in Waupaca County, including the city of Waupaca by a vote of 1,398 to 1,219.
Veronica Isherwood will be Waupaca County’s next district attorney.
Currenlty serving as the assistant district attorney, Isherwood won 15,781 to 8,869 against Democrat Robert Forseth.
Jill Lodewegen was Tuesday’s top vote-getter in a contested race in Waupaca County.
She received 17,129 votes against the Democratic candidate, Colleen McCoy, who received 7,630.
Lodewegen even received more votes in Waupaca County than Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who received 16,013 votes to Hilary Clinton’s 8,383.
Voters in the Iola-Scandinavia School District approved both referendum questions.
Question 1, which asked voters to approve $2 million in borrowing for facility improvements, passed 1,840 to 693.
Question 2 asked voters to allow the district to exceed state revenue limits over the next five years. It was approved by a vote of 1,549 to 943.
The Weyauwega-Fremont School District referendum passed by 1,867 yes votes and 1,607 no votes.