Heim Questions Where The Candidates Were
So why didn't we see Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich on the campaign trail in western Wisconsin? UW-L Political Professor, Joe Heim, says it may have come down to the almighty dollar.
The only sign of Gingrich we saw was a stop by his wife in Sparta 2 weeks a go.
Kind Sides With Barrett For Governor
Three weeks ago, Congressman Ron Kind was asked if he had made final plans for this election year, and he said he would have a statement "shortly."
So far, the La Crosse Democrat still has not made that announcement...but another statement today from Kind takes him out of the race for governor. Kind is endorsing Tom Barrett for the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott Walker in the spring recall election. He calls the Milwaukee mayor a leader who can 'bring Wisconsin together again.' A few months ago, Kind decided not to run for the U-S Senate seat being vacated by Herb Kohl.
Tomah Mayor Wins By 5 Votes And Other Results
In the La Crosse School Board races last night, two incumbents were re-seated while one newcomer was welcomed in. Deb Suchla led all vote getters followed by Jeff Meyer and Rob McMahon. Daniel Moen quit his campign early but wass till on the ballot.
The three incumbent Onalaska School Board members all won their seats back last night. Heather Sysimaki, Brian Haefs, Alana Havenstrite all defeated Kristoffer Knickrehm.
The winners from the West Salem School District included Ken Schlimgen, Jane Halverson and Sylvester Clements.
For Town Of Campbell Supervisor, Jeffrey Schroeder defeated Bruce Becker with Schroeder taking 69% of the vote.
In Tomah, incumbent Mayor John Rusch may have won the race but don't count out challenger, Shannon Hough yet as she only lost by 5 votes. The final tally was Rusch 755 and Hough 750. Hough posted on her facebook last night that she will be asking for an official recount later today.
In Viroqua, you can continue to call him Mayor, after Larry Fanta defeated challenger Irving Leif 575 to 188.
Sparta voters said yes to a $2 million aquatic center by an almost 3 to 1 margin. The vote total was 1181 yes and 391 no.
Monroe County Wants Jail Built In Downtown Sparta
Downtown Sparta looks as though the likely choice for a new courthouse and jail after voters leaned that was in a referendum yesterday. That location beat out the Highway 71 location by about 500 votes.
County Board Chair Rick Irwin, said he was impressed with the almost 36% voter turnout. On a side note...Irwin himself lost his bid to retain his county board seat to Dale Greeno.....232-94.
More Projects....Less Money In School District
On the list of the 2008 referendum construction needs in the La Crosse School District...there seems to be more projects then money. Building and Grounds Supervisor, Joe Ledvina explains.
The amount of projects remaining totals $6.9 million while the actual refererendum funding remaining is $3.5 million.