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Election 2018 first-timers

Among the voters Tuesday at the Wyocena Town Hall are Mariah Freese, 19, and her brother Jaxon Freese, 21 -- both first-time voters. Jaxon said the two registered to vote online after seeing so much information on Facebook about Tuesday's election.

State Rep. Jon Plumer, R-Lodi, held on to the District 42 Assembly seat that he won in a special election just five months ago.

Plumer held off another challenge from Lodi Common Council member Ann Groves Lloyd, who was his Democratic opponent in the June special election to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of Rep, Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, at the end of 2017.

The unofficial results, as of about 10:15 p.m., showed Plumer, who owns a karate school, with 57 percent of the votes to 42 percent for Groves Lloyd, who is a retired academic adviser at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gov. Scott Walker had not intended to hold a special election to fill the seat after Ripp’s resignation, but a court-ordered special election was held on June 12. In that election, Plumer defeated Groves Lloyd by a 53-45 percent margin.

Plumer was running as an incumbent, but it has been one of the most unusual incumbencies in the history of the Wisconsin State Legislature. The Legislature was out of session when Plumer was sworn in June 25. Yet, Plumer noted during the fall campaign, he had worked as a lawmaker, addressing constituents’ concerns and holding listening sessions throughout the district – although he has yet to vote on any bill before the Legislature.

During the fall campaign, Groves Lloyd said her second challenge of Plumer would be more of a “grass roots” effort, focusing on door-knocking and meeting voters personally, with fewer TV advertisements.

In addition to large portions of Columbia County, the 42nd Assembly District includes parts of Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette counties.

Follow Lyn Jerde on Twitter @LynJerde or contact her at 608-745-3587.


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