Despite 2013 was considered to be an off-year for elections in Wisconsin, there were a considerable amount of achievements to this year’s elections. Wisconsin Election Watch profiles its top five election stories of 2013.
5. Joe Voiland Defeats Veteran Ozaukee County Judge Tom Wolfgram
In what was considered to be one of the biggest upsets during the 2013 spring elections, Attorney Joe Voiland defeated veteran Ozaukee County Circuit Court judge Tom Wolfgram. The issue that transpired the race was over Judge Wolfgram signing a recall petition against Governor Scott Walker. Voiland defeated Wolfgram 62.7 to 37.3%.
4. Rebecca Bradley Wins Hotly Contested Judicial Seat in Milwaukee County.
The race for the Branch 45 seat on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court was a hotly contested race between Judge Rebecca Bradley who was an appointee of Governor Scott Walker and Janet Protasiewicz, a veteran prosecutor. With a considerable amount of money spent by third party groups on both sides, Bradley was able to defeat Protasiewicz 53% to 46.7%.
3. Pat Roggensack Defeats Ed Fallone for another term on the State Supreme Court
Coming off a very close election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2011 that ended in a recount, the contest in 2013 was not as close. Justice Pat Roggensack was able to defeat Milwaukee Attorney Ed Fallone for another ten year term on Wisconsin’s highest court. Roggensack defeated Fallone 57.5% to 42.5%.
2. Adam Neylon’s Victory in the 98th District Assembly GOP Primary
When Representative Paul Farrow left his seat in the 98th Assembly District after winning a special election in December 2012 for the 33rd Senate District, it opened up an opportunity for who wanted to be his successor. Five Republicans and no Democrats ran for the vacant Assembly seat. During the hotly contested primary, Adam Neylon emerged to win by a very narrow margin. He defeated Ed Baumann 2,006 to 1,977.
1. Jessie Rodriguez’s Historic Victory in the 21st District Assembly Special Election
Jessie Rodriguez made history in 2013 as she became the first ever Latina Republican to ever be elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. She first endured a five way Republican primary defeating businessman Chris Kujawa along with three other candidates. In the general election, Rodriguez defeated Democrat Elizabeth Coppola 56.3% to 43.6%.