Fuszard Upsets Teal, Incumbents Dominate Election

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Michelle Phillips

DANE COUNTY–City of Middleton voters in Common Council District 5 overwhelmingly turned out for Luke Fuszard. Fuszard beat incumbent Howard Teal, who held the seat for more than 20 years, 74.6 percent to 24.6 percent.

In an email to the Times-TribuneFuszard said, "First, I want to express my gratitude to Howard Teal for his years of service to Middleton. He is a good man with a good heart who cares deeply about this community. And thank you to all those who share in the vision of a city of Good Neighbors, Good Schools, and Good Government. Now the real work begins, and I look forward to collaborating with Mayor Brar, the rest of the Common Council, city staff, and most especially the residents of District Five to make this vision a reality."

The other contested race for Middleton Alder was in District 3 where Katy Nelson and Sarah Cords faced off. Nelson easily won the spot with 57.9 percent of the vote to Cords’ 41.4 percent.

In the Town of Middleton Cynthia Richson held on to her Town Chair position, in a landslide victory over write-in candidate Luke Atterbury. Richson received a whooping 95.5 percent of the vote with Atterbury getting on 4.5 percent.

In a statement via email Wednesday morning Richson commented, “I want to thank all of the Town of Middleton citizens who came out to vote in the spring election.  I very much appreciate the support for the positive changes we are implementing in the Town, particularly in the areas of financial, zoning, and organizational structure.  Citizen input and feedback is very important.  I look forward to continuing to serve as your Town Board, Chairperson.  Thank you again.”

The Supervisor Seat 1 race in the Town of Middleton was retained by incumbent Richard Oberle, who got 57.9 percent. Lisa Pardon contested Oberle and pulled in 41.7 percent of the votes.

In the Village of Cross Plains, voters were asked to vote for three trustees for village board. The top three vote getters were Lori Zander with 23.6 percent, Judy Ketelboeter, 22.2 percent, and incumbent Sarah Francois 21.3 percent. Rounding out the field of five were incumbent Michael Pomykalski receiving 18.4 percent of the vote and Chris Gavin with 14. 1 percent. 

Bill Statz was the winner of the Town of Springfield Supervisor Seat 2 in the contest against Tom Ripp. Statz brought in 61.8 percent of the vote, while Ripp got 38 percent.

A referendum to increase storm water rates in the City of Middleton from $15 to $45 per month easily passed. “Yes” votes came from 76.1 percent of voters, and 23.9 percent voted “no.”

The Wisconsin Supreme Court race was too close to call at press time with 98.8 percent of precincts reporting. By Wednesday morning, Hagedorn had claimed victory, and was ahead by 0.48 percent. The race will likely cause a recount and is within the margin for a recount request. Neubauer took 79.6 percent of the vote to Hagedorn’s 20.3 in Dane County.  

A vacancy for the seat came about when Wisconsin’s first female justice, Shirley Abrahamson announced her retirement last spring. The 85-year-old Abrahamson was appointed to the seat in 1976.

The Times-Tribunereached out to the winners of all the contested races for a statement Tuesday night, those quoted in the story responded before press time. Please note uncontested race results are not listed above. For a complete list of results, visit wisconsinvote.org.

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