Wisconsin voters weren't going to let a little snow keep them away from the polls. Big issues were being decided. Rebecca Dallet defeated conservative Michael Screnock for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, carried by big margins in Milwaukee and Dane counties. Conservatives still control the court four-to-three.
Even though current Wisconsin State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk was working to eliminate his job, voters overwhelming decided they want to retain the office. State treasurer was one of five original state offices created by the Wisconsin Constitution in 1848.
It was one of the most heated races for the Eau Claire City Council in recent memory. The winners each picking up a three-year term. All but one challenged incumbent was voted out off office.
In District 1, Emily Berge defeated Tim Tewalt picking up 62% of the vote. Berge has been a mental health counselor since 2006. She said her main focus is to build stronger neighborhoods in our city.
In District 2, challenger Emily Anderson was able to unseat incumbent David Klinkhammer. Anderson has a doctorate in English, and said she wants to draw from her arts background to allow our creative community to thrive.
In District 3, Jeremy Gragert defeated current Eau Claire City Council Vice President Kathy Mitchell. Gragert is involved in a number of area organizations, and campaigned on his desire for Eau Claire to be more aware of the environment.
In District 4, Jill Christopherson beat incumbent Bob Van Haden. Christopherson is the founding president of JONAH of the Chippewa Valley.
Also serving a three-year term will be Terry Weld who defeated 21-year-old challenger Zachary Meives for an at-large seat. Weld, an area realtor, was appointed to the council in March of last year.
There were three Eau Claire County Judge races in Branches 3, 4 and 6. Two of the races only have one candidate. For Branch 3, Emily Long is running unopposed for the seat of retiring Judge WIlliam Gabler. Long is the former assistant DA in Eau Claire County and has been a private attorney at Weld Riley since 2011. In Branch 4, Jon Theisen is also running unopposed. Theisen was appointed to the position in 2011 by Gov. Walker and elected in 2012. Sarah Harless has unseated the incumbent Shaughnessy Murphy. Harless picked up 61 percent of the vote, beating Murphy 10,529 to 6,634.