Incumbent Snead Loses 1st District; Borgman, Soltysiak Retain Council Seats
In an election with higher than expected turnout, Aldermen Neil Borgman and Dan Soltysiak with return to council, but Tracy Snead's term ends after six years with a defeat by challenger Robert Wolfe.
Two other aldermen who were on the ballot Tuesday fared better — District 3 Alderman Neil Borgmanand District 5 Alderman Dan Soltysiak survived challenges from Larry Lefebvre and John Engelhardt, respectively.
The Wisconsin primary election was expected to draw about a 35 percent voter turnout, but local aldermanic races in Muskego and a heightened interest in recent Common Council decisions seemed to increase numbers at the local polls.
Voter turnout was 41 percent in the city, but aldermanic races increased that number considerably in those districts. The Snead-Wolfe race drew 52 percent in District 1; District 3 posted a 48 percent turnout; and District 5's turnout was 45 percent.
Snead maintained her belief in the vote she cast in favor of the lake park purchase after her 24 percent showing in the February primary. Wolfe had also used it against her during a forum earlier in March, and it may have cost her another term.
Snead's "yes" vote for the $3.55 million purchase was one of four cast by aldermen on the council in January. Two of those aldermen, Keith Werner (District 4) and Neome Schaumberg (District 6) are facing recall efforts. The other alderman, Noah Fiedler, recently resigned from the council before those recall efforts were launched.
Here is a recap of the results from Tuesday's elections:
District 1 Alderman:
Robert Wolfe - 914
Tracy Snead (inc) - 361
District 3 Alderman:
Neil Borgman (inc) - 776
Larry Lefebvre - 293
District 5 Alderman:
Dan Soltysiak (inc) - 591
John Engelhardt - 386
In the presidential primary, Muskego voters liked Mitt Romney's recent visit, giving the GOP front-runner 3,330 votes, more than double that second place finisher Rick Santorum, who received 1,635 votes. Ron Paul took 289 votes, faring better than Newt Gingrich, who received 151 votes.
Overall, poll officials reported few problems, and didn't experience any delays that would have kept polls open past 8 p.m.