Tiffany, Zunker and Russell prevail in local primary races
Tuesday evening showcased two local primary elections, consisting of 7 candidates vying for 2 offices; the city of Merrill District 1 Aldermanic seat and the State of Wisconsin’s 7th District Congressional seat of the U.S House of Representatives in Washington.
District 1 incumbent Paul Russell garnered the most votes of the three candidates on the ballot Tuesday night, with 138. His opponent for the April 7 General Election will be Becky Meyer, who edged Gary Broesch by 11 votes (63-52). The race will be a rematch of sorts from the July 16, 2019 Recall Election, during which Russell topped Meyer 150-91.
In the 7th Congressional Primary, 64% of voters leaned in favor of current 12th District Senator Tom Tiffany (2,543 votes) over opponent Jason Church (1,416) on the Republican ticket. On the democratic side, Tricia Zunker was victorious over Lawrence Dale in overwhelming fashion (1,515-187). Tiffany and Zunker will now square off for the seat on the April 7 ballot.
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly will square off against Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky, for a decade-long term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 7.
With 98.84% of precincts reporting, Kelly received 352,860 votes-roughly 50%-followed by Karofsky with 261,721 votes, approximately 37%. Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone tallied 89,181 votes, about 13%. Fallone previously made an unsuccessful bid for the state Supreme Court in 2013.