Joan Ballweg, a seven-term Republican incumbent from Markesan, won reelection for her eighth term in the 41st Assembly District on Nov. 6. Ballweg was challenged by Democrat Frank Buress of Westfield.
The 41st District includes the City of Wisconsin Dells and the Village of Lake Delton, a majority of Adams County, and reaches east to Ripon. With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Ballweg led Burress 62 percent to 38 percent as of publishing.
Buress ran a campaign with the slogan “Democrat by party, independent by nature,” and is a United States Army veteran. He has advocated for legalizing medical cannabis, pledged to improve broadband access in rural areas, and argued for increasing environmental protections and more funding for public education.
Ballweg was originally elected in 2004 after emerging from a nine person Republican primary, and serves as the Co-Chair of Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules, along with serving on several other committees. She previously served as the mayor of Markesan for six years from 1991-1997.
According to unofficial totals published by Sauk County, the Village of Lake Delton residents voted 520 for Ballweg to 484 for Buress, with write in candidates receiving two votes. Wisconsin Dells residents voted 44 for Ballweg and 45 for Buress, with no write in votes. Adams County had no results available for the race as of publishing. Overall, Ballweg won the area by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin.