Sergeant Steve Delarwelle finished with 48 percent of the votes cast in the Republican primary for Door County Sheriff and will square off with jail lieutenant Tammy Sternard in the general election in November. Delarwelle, who is a night shift patrol sergeant, finished with 2343 votes to lead the field of four department members seeking to replace the retiring Terry Vogel. Field services lieutenant Jeff Farley was second in the balloting with 1078 votes, followed by deputy Carl Waterstreet with 901 and juvenile investigator Chris Neuville with 603 votes.
It was a close race, but jail clerk Connie Defere maintained a 200 vote margin and won the Republican primary election for Door County Clerk of Circuit Court Tuesday. Defere had 2343 votes to 2141 for Laurie Schlaefer, a deputy in the court office. Since there is no Democrat running for the county position and, barring a write-in candidacy, Defere will replace Nancy Robillard, who retires as Clerk of Circuit Court at the end of her current term.
Doctor Joel Kitchens topped the voting in Door and Kewaunee Counties in the Republican primary balloting for the First District Assembly Seat currently held by Garey Bies and won the right to challenge democrat Joe Majeski in the November election. Kitchens, a Sturgeon Bay veterinarian, led the field of four candidates in Door County with 2338 votes and added another 443 votes in Kewaunee County to finish with 2781 votes, more than 1100 votes ahead of his closest challenger Doctor Paul Feit. The Door County dentist’s total for Door and Kewaunee County was 1628 votes. Terry McNulty came within eight votes of the top spot in Kewaunee County, but his two county total was 1168 votes and restaurant manager Brian Hackbarth finished with a total of 575 votes.
Sister Bay Assembly Republican Garey Bies got only one-of-every-three votes against Julian Bradley for secretary of state. Bradley will run against three-decade incumbent Doug La Follette for a job that’s been dramatically scaled back by lawmakers in recent years.
Secretary of State-Republican Primary (99 percent reporting)
Julian Bradley – 136,591 (65%)
Garey Bies – 74,369 (35%)