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Two Democratic candidates for sheriff on Dunn County August 12 primary ballot

By LeAnn R. Ralph

DUNN COUNTY —  Two Democratic candidates will be on the ballot for the August 12 primary in Dunn County for sheriff.

Challenger Chris Kruse of Boyceville will face off against Incumbent Sheriff Dennis Smith of Colfax.

Kruse filed nomination papers March 11 and had 391 valid signatures.

Smith filed nomination papers March 28 with 358 valid signatures.

Smith has served as Dunn County Sheriff for the past 14 years and has been in law enforcement for 38 years.

Kruse has served as the chief medical examiner for Dunn County since 2001. He began serving as the chief deputy medical examiner in 1989.

No Republican candidates filed nomination papers for Dunn County sheriff.

Clerk of courts

Clara D. Minor, the incumbent Democratic clerk of courts in Dunn County, registered her campaign on March 20 and submitted 217 valid signatures.

No Republican candidates have filed nomination papers for Dunn County clerk of courts.

67th Assembly District

Colfax resident Gary Stene will be on the ballot for the August 12 Democratic primary but there is no other Democratic candidate for the 67th Assembly District.

Dunn County residents voting in the Democratic primary could, however, write in a candidate for the 67th Assembly District if they choose.

Incumbent 67th Assembly District Representative Tom Larson of Colfax will be on the ballot for the August 12 Republican primary, but there is no other Republican candidate for the 67th Assembly District.

Dunn County residents voting in the Republican primary could write in a candidate if they desire.

Senate District 23

Incumbent Republican State Senator Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls, District 23, will  be on the August 12 Republican primary ballot. There is no other Republican candidate for the senate district, although there is space for a write-in candidate.

Democratic challenger for Senate District 23 Phil Swanhorst of Chippewa Falls will be on the August 12 Democratic primary ballot. There is no other Democratic candidate, although there is room for a write-in candidate.

The 23rd Senate District includes the 67th, 68th and 69th Assembly Districts.

One primary

Voters going to the polls on August 12 will have to decide if they want to vote in either the Democratic primary or the Republican primary.

Voters cannot vote in both primaries.

Casting ballots in both the Democratic primary and the Republican primary invalidates the votes for both primaries, and neither of the votes will count.

A number of state-wide races are on the ballot for both the August 12 Democratic primary and the Republican primary.