Following Tuesday’s (Aug. 14) August partisan primary election, we now know the candidates from each party who will be on the ballot in November.
In the governor’s race, Republican incumbent Scott Walker will face a challenge from State Superintendent Tony Evers, who won the Democratic nomination over a field of eight other candidates. Many observers predict education issues will feature prominently in that race.
Current Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will once again be Walker’s running mate, while former state Rep. Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee) joins Evers on the ticket.
In the U.S. Senate race, Republicans chose current state Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) to challenge Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin in November.
In other statewide races:
- Oak Creek Republican Travis Hartwig and Madison Democrat Sarah Godlewski each bested challengers to earn their party’s nomination in the race for state treasurer. The winner will succeed incumbent Matt Adamczyk, who did not seek reelection but instead ran for the state Assembly (see below).
- Incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette and Neenah Republican Jay Schroeder bested primary challengers and will face-off in November to be Wisconsin’s secretary of state.
- Incumbent Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican, will face Madison Democrat Josh Kaul in November. Neither faced a primary challenge.
In contested races involving current school board members:
- Janesville school board member Cathy Myers was bested by Randy Bryce in the Democratic primary in Wisconsin’s first Congressional district. That district is currently represented by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), who announced his retirement earlier this year.
- Elmbrook school board member Linda Boucher finished behind current state treasurer Matt Adamczyk in the Republican primary in the 14th Assembly District.
- Kewaskum school board member Timothy Ramthun defeated three candidates to win the Republican primary in the 59th Assembly District. With no Democrat challenger, Ramthun will be uncontested on the Nov. 6 ballot.
- Racine School Board President Robert Wittke secured the Republican nomination for the 62nd Assembly District in Tuesday’s primary election. He will face former state Sen. John Lehman (D-Racine) in November.