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State Supreme Court, St. Croix County Board races set

Candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and St. Croix County Board were narrowed to two apiece during last week's primary elections.

All April 3 ballots in Wisconsin will see two names vying for Supreme Court — Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock. They were the top two vote getters in the Feb. 20 primary that eliminated Tim Burns from candidacy.

Dallet is a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge; Screnock is a Sauk County Circuit Court judge. Wisconsin Supreme Court races are nonpartisan, though the Republican Party of Wisconsin endorsed Screnock. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin opposed Screnock in the run-up to the primary.

Screnock took first in St. Croix County, with 48 percent of the vote, followed by Dallet with 31 percent. Burns received 21 percent of the vote.

St. Croix County Board

Last week's primary sets up something of an unusual contest in April for the District 1 seat in the Somerset area.

Ed Schachtner (63 percent) and Chris Polfus (22 percent) were the top two vote-getters in the race and advance to the spring election.

Polfus, however, was no longer actively campaigning, saying in February that he planned to move out of the district in the foreseeable future. He ended his candidacy after the withdrawal period and remained on the primary ballot.

The third candidate, Matt Foucault, received 16 percent of the vote.

County Clerk Cindy Campbell said that if Polfus were to be elected and chose to remain a non-candidate, he would have to formally decline the seat. County Board would then appoint a new member, she said.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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