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Kenneth Hamm will likely be the new Juneau County District Attorney after the Republican primary election Tuesday.

No Democrat is running for the position, so Hamm will run unopposed in the November election.

Hamm received 1,372 votes while, incumbent Mike Solovey received 499 votes and challenger Stacy Smith received 668 votes in the unofficial results.

Hamm, 32, is a Juneau County native and has served as a staff attorney for the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Agency in Sparta since September of 2011.

He graduated from Mauston High School in 2002. Growing up, he worked for his father’s business, Wisconsin River Meats in rural Mauston, and was active in 4-H, FFA and athletics. After high school, Hamm served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard where he had a tour of duty in Iraq from 2004-05. While in the military, Hamm was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.

The race became hotly contested after the Juneau County board voted to 17-0 to recommend that Solovey resign from office in March.

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