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General election to be held next Tuesday, Nov. 4

The general election will be held next Tuesday, November 4 at which time electors will choose a governor, state, county and representatives to Congress.

The biggest race is for Governor of the state of Wisconsin in which incumbent Governor Scott Walker is facing his challenger Mary Burke. Rebecca Kleefisch is Walker’s Republican running mate for Lieutenant Governor and John Lehman is the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

There are also two other parties who have governor candidates. They are the Peoples Party with Dennis Fehr for governor with no candidate for the second spot, and the Libertarian Party with Robert Burke for Governor and Joseph Brost for Lieutenant Governor.

For the Secretary of State, Democratic incumbent Doug La Follette is being challenged by Republican Julian Bradley and Constitution Party member Jerry Broitzman and Libertarian Andy Craig.

Current State Treasurer, Kurt Schuller is not seeking another term and five people are on the ballot including David L. Sartori (D), Matt Adamczyk (R), Andrew Zualke (Constitution), Ron Hardy (Wisconsin Green Party), and Jerry Shidell (Libertarian).

Local Contests

The Representative in Congress from the Seventh District, which includes all of St. Croix County, is incumbent Sean Duffy (R) and he is being challenged by Kelly Westlund (D) and Lawrence Dale (Green Party).

In the 23rd Senate District, incumbent Terry Moulton (R) has a Democratic opponent, Phil Swanhorst. This district includes the Dunn County Townships of Sheridan, Hay River, Sherman and the eastern part of the county including the Villages of Wheeler and Colfax. In 67th Assembly District, Gary Stene (D) is challenging Republican incumbent Tom Larson.

State Senator Sheila Harsdorf of the tenth Senate District is not up for election this year.

Incumbent John Murtha, representative for the 29th Assembly District is running unopposed. This district includes the eastern third-quarters of St. Croix County and the Dunn County Municipalities of Downing, Knapp, Menomonie and the Township of Tiffany, Stanton, Lucus and Menomonie.

The Townships of Forest and New Haven are in the 25th Senate District and the candidates for senator are Jane Bewley (D) vs. Dane Deutsch (R). In the 75th Assembly District Stephen Smith (D) is challenging Romaine Robert Quinn (R).

A statewide referendum regarding the use of transportation funds is on the November 4th ballot. A complete explanation of this is included in that information to voters of both Dunn and St. Croix County. The Dunn County ballot notices are included within the pages of this issue of the Tribune Press Reporter and a special section with St. Croix County ballot notices is included in this issue sent to St. Croix County residents.

School Referdums

Two St. Croix County School Districts are asking voters to approved new construction obligation bonds.

In Hudson the school is asking the voters for over one hundred million dollars for construction. The first is for $99,965,000 for the construction of a new grades 10-12 high school building including athletic fields; buying 67 acres of land just south of the dog track as a site for the new school, improvements to the existing high school to convert it to a grades 8-9 building and relocating the district administrative and support office space to the current high school.

A second bond request at Hudson is for $6,550,000 is for the purpose of constructing and equipping an auditorium at the new high school.

At St. Croix Central Schools, the district is asking voters to approve a $23,995,000 bond to pay the costs of an addition, renovation, remodeling and site improvements at each of the school buildings to provide additional space for classrooms, instructional, performance and physical education activities; reconfiguring school entrances for safety and security purposes; parking lot expansion including acquisition of about an half acre of land adjacent to the middle school; constructing a new bus garage and renovating a building for the district office.