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Sauk County turnout at 60%, Meister re-elected as sheriff


November 15, 2018

Mitchell Travis

Signs urging residents to vote appeared on the August Derleth Bridge in Sauk City on election day.

Incumbents in two regional races say they are glad to continue serving in office.

Sheriff Chip Meister and District 17 Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) were re-elected in last week's election.

Meister said he was "tremendously honored" by voters electing him to a third term, which will last for another four years.

"Thank you to all the people who supported me," he said.

Meister, a Republican, hopes to keep making progress on technical upgrades at the Sheriff's Office. Communications and computer updates are underway and, eventually, it will be possible for personnel to talk in real time to other departments.

The role itself is another reason why he sought re-election.

"I like the job," he said. "I like what I'm doing."

Meister won 61 percent of county votes over opponent Paul Hefty, a democrat.

Marklein said he was "pleased" with the people who backed him during the election and wants to forge ahead on issues.

During his second term, he plans to keep focusing on rural roads, schools, infrastructure, emergency services and broadband access.

"I'm very humbled by the support I received," he said.

When asked about his opponent, Kriss Marion, receiving more votes in his hometown, Marklein said only that it's "possible" the democrat beat him there. According to unofficial results, Marion received 583 votes in the village of Spring Green while Marklein had 318. Marklein otherwise won the seat with nearly 55 percent of county votes over Marion, a Blanchardville farmer.

Senate terms last six years.


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