Winners emerge in lackluster primary

Written by admin   // February 17, 2011   // 0 Comments

Stone and Abele; Biddle and Spencer to square off in April general election

by MCJ Staff

What started out as a five-person contention for the Milwaukee County Executive seat has been narrowed to two after yesterday’s primary elections.

Voters determined that State Rep. Jeff Stone and philanthropist Chris Abele will square off in the April 5 general election.

Stone handedly won majority of the votes in Tuesday’s primary, garnering 43% of the total votes cast, while Abele received 25%.

Rounding out the remaining votes cast was state Sen. Jim Sullivan with 22%; County Board Chairman Lee Holloway with 8% and community activist Ieshuh Griffin with 1%.

The race for the 10th District County Supervisor seat, vacated by Elizabeth Coggs who was elected state representative last November, was also highly contested.

Eyon Biddle, the executive political director for Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and attorney Tearman Spencer emerged the victors in Tuesday’s primary.

Biddle received 44% of the votes while Spencer collected 24%.

Following the top two vote-getters were Ieshuh Griffin with 12%; Charisha Allen with 11% and Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson who had 9%.

Said Biddle: “I am very humbled by the support of the people in my district. It says something when so many folks come out and cast their vote for you. They believe in the future of our community, they believe in my leadership, and they trust me to represent them.”

Like Stone and Abele, Biddle and Spencer will face off in the April 5 general election.

In other races, State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg’s names will appear on the April 5 ballot, as they face each other for a 10-year term on the State Supreme Court.

Justice Prosser is the incumbent.

Also defending his seat is Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Pedro Colon.

After Tuesday’s elections, Colon will face Glendale Municipal Judge Christopher Lipscomb in April for the Milwaukee Circuit Court bench.

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