School Referendums All Pass, Sternard Wins Sheriff’s Race
Door County turned out in droves in Tuesday’s midterm election. County-wide 83 percent of registered voters cast ballots, up 5 percentage points over the 2014 midterms, and almost equal to the 2016 presidential election. For complete Door County election results click here>>
Sevastopol Voters Say Yes
Sevastopol school district residents voted in favor of two referendum questions, including a $25.1 million facilities upgrade that garnered support from local businesses. A $2 million operational referendum passes 69 – 31 percent, and the facilities referendum passes with 61.8 percent of voters supporting.
“This tells me that the community supports our school and the work the CFAC committee put in coming up with this plan,” said Superintendent Kyle Luedtke. “I appreciate the community members who came forward and donated to support this project and support the education of the children of this community. This passing with this margin tells me a lot about how this community feels about this school and this staff.”
Southern Door School Referendums Pass
In Southern Door, where an operational referendum failed in 2017, voters changed their tune and passed two referendums Tuesday. An operational referendum seeking $450,000 passed with 60 percent approval, while a second referendum seeking $6.7 million for facilities upgrades passed with 59 percent approval.
“On behalf of our students and our staff we’re grateful to the community for supporting the school and helping us to get the same financial support as the rest of the schools in the state,” said superintendent Patti Vickman. “We’re excited about the improvements to our facilities and to continue providing a great education to our students.”
Gibraltar Voters Give School Two Thumbs Up
Gibraltar voters passed two referendums Tuesday, voting in favor of a $4.2 million upgrade to the high school IMC and classrooms, as well as an operational referendum that will give the school an additional $1.4 million in 2019, $2.8 million in 2020, and $4.2 million thereafter. Both measures past with 70 percent of the vote.
Jacque Ends Frostman’s Short Senate Stint
Caleb Frostman made national headlines in June when he defeated Andre Jacque in a special election that many saw as an indication of things to come for republicans across the country. Frostman was the first Democrat to hold the 1st Senate District seat in over 40 years, but Andre Jacque rebounded on the strength of big voter turnout to take 54 percent of the tally.
Gallagher Wins Second Term
Congressman Mike Gallagher earned his second term in Washington with a resounding victory over challenger Beau Legois.
Sternard Wins Sheriff’s Race
Tammy Sternard became just the second woman sheriff in Door County history. Sternard defeated Deputy Sheriff Pat McCarty, 50.9 percent to 48.99 percent.
“When I started 25 years ago, I was one of two women in the Door County Sheriff’s Department,” Sternard said. “If you would have told me that one day I would be sheriff, I would have told you you’re nuts.”
Sternard praised McCarty for running a clean campaign, and pledged to work together with him after she takes office.
“I have a lot of respect for him, and he has respect for me,” she said.
The only other woman to serve as Door County Sheriff was Gloria Bridenhagen, wife of longtime sheriff Hollis Bridenhagen. Gloria filled the seat for two years due to term limits during Hollis’s 19 years as sheriff.
Evers Tops Walker for Governor
Scott Walker once seemed unbeatable. The two-term Republican governor handily beat back a recall campaign in 2012 and had won both of his regular elections comfortably, but State Superintendent Tony Evers narrowly defeated the former presidential candidate Tuesday by 31,000 votes.
U.S. Senate: Baldwin Cruises Past Vukmir
Incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin rolled to victory over Republican challenger Leah Vukmir. Vukmir had run on a hard-right platform but never made headway against the Madison-based Baldwin, who campaigned on health care for all.