Tuesday was primary election day for a number of local offices and judicial positions throughout the state. Additionally, it marked the start of a new era in Wisconsin voting, as the photo id law was enforced.
Milwaukee saw many highly contested races, particularly in the Milwaukee County 5th Supervisory District. Seven contenders vied for the post, which will be vacated by the retiring County Board Chairman Lee Holloway.
Candidates in the running included: Peter Blewett, former Milwaukee School Board member; Roy Evans, noted attorney and activist; Afro-Fest founder Michael Brox; Chevy Johnson, who ran for County Supervisor in the 10th District last spring; Russell Stamper II, community activists and son of Milwaukee Reserve Judge Russell Stamper; Muhammad Mahdi, a volunteer at the Clara Mohammad School; and Priscilla Coggs-Jones, daughter of Rep. Elizabeth Coggs.
After Tuesday’s primaries, Stamper and Coggs-Jones emerged the victors, garnering 29 and 27 percent of the total votes cast respectively. The two now move onto the April 3 general election.
In other Supervisory Districts: Deanna Alexander, Tracey Corder and A.T. Bufurd went up against each other for the 18th district, with Alexander and Corder advancing.
Two candidates challenged Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for his seat as chief executive of the city. Edward C. McDonald and Ieshuh Griffin added their names to Tuesday’s ballots. Griffin fell short so the April general election will pit McDonald against the incumbent Barrett.
Also a highly contested was the race for city treasurer. State Senator Spencer Coggs, Tim Carpenter, Dawn Marie Sass and Rick Kissell all vied for the position with Coggs and Carpenter advancing.
Christopher Lipscomb, Sr. and Carolina Stark challenged incumbent Nelson Phillips III for his Milwaukee County Judge Branch 17 post. In a very tight race, Stark and Phillips emerged the victors. Stark garnered 35.3% of the total votes cast, while Phillips received 34%. The two will face off on April 3.
Ushering in a new era in Wisconsin voting, the photo id law was enforced in voting sites throughout the state. While election officials noted minor glitches with the system, they were generally satisfied with the outcome of process. General election day and the Presidential Primary will be held on April 3, when election officials project to have glitches resolved.