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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.

Muskego Alderman was bounced out of her 1st District seat on the Common Council Tuesday — losing to challenger by more than a 2-to-1 margin.

Two other aldermen who were on the ballot Tuesday fared better — District 3 Alderman and District 5 Alderman survived challenges from and , 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 . 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 . Two of those aldermen, Keith Werner (District 4) and Neome Schaumberg (District 6) are facing . The other alderman, 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 , 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.

Steven Klinko April 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Insults and innuendo is what started this whole recall debacle and is still festering or did you forget , Perhaps they should have moved ahead in further civil dialogue instead of using insults over their disagreements. You telling those on one side of the issue who experienced Wolfes tatics to "move ahead" is demeaning and insulting. I stated experience not insults there is a difference. I don't agree with you but at least you use your name and not a moniker.
72%to28% April 04, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I know that Snead is probably bitter about this election but it is over. Lets give who the voters wanted a chance & see how he does. My opinion is I think he really cares & will do a good job. I look foreward to speaking with Mr. Wolfe more.
Muskego Politics Make Me Bitter April 04, 2012 at 03:55 PM
@ 72%to28%: No one took down Wolfe's signs except City Hall. When you have no respect for the rules of the right-of-way, and when you don't want to state who paid for them, they get taken down by the authorities. Simple as that.
Muskego Politics Make Me Bitter April 04, 2012 at 03:59 PM
It looks like you'll be speaking with yourself then, because no one except for the gloating candidate who won would use the handle "72%to28%".
Steven Klinko April 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Touche.
72%to28% April 04, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I used that because I was sick of the attacts on Mr. Wolfe for no reason. For what winning the election. That's like recalling Walker because the unions think they have more rights than everybody else. I tried to get a job & the union said unless you join us & pay you union dues you can't work here. That's extortion. I know Snead is not happy. I wouldn't be either but she did it to herself. The vote for the park, not even coming around to talk to the people. At least she didn't come around my area. Mr. Wolfe was in my area at least 3 times. I have never met Snead. That is part of the job to talk to people in your dist. Also the comment she made after the primary, I've been too busy with other things to campain. That left me with a sour taste. We needed a change & some new ideas. Good Luck to Mr. Wolfe.
Rick Petfalski April 04, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Ok the elections are over with. What makes this country great is the ability to vigiogiously debate one another, go to the polls and decide who our next leaders are. That transition is peaceful and seamless. No wars, assisinations or dictatorships. The voters have spoken and we all need to move forward and work with one another to keep Muskego the great community it is. It's time to stop the name calling and accusations. For your own mental wellness I encourage this. Bitterness and resent will only make you old, but not wise.
72%to28% April 04, 2012 at 04:46 PM
He Won. It's over & all your lies don't mean anything.....
Scandihovian Lady April 04, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Ms. Snead is NOT bitter and in fact is already thinking about other ways in which she can SERVE her community and that is an example of someone who is a true citizen. She has a full time job and was alderman for three terms because she wanted to SERVE the people in District 1 and accomplished a lot during her tenure, (See her campaign bio on PATCH) which unfortunately was overlooked by the people in her district, because she chose to exercise her right as a citizen to sign a petition and voted for the lake park based on her belief of its value in the overall business development of Muskego.
Scandihovian Lady April 04, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I am old! :-)
DK April 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
----and wise! If the "other side" really wants to extend the olive branch, then call off the senseless recalls.
72%to28% April 04, 2012 at 08:38 PM
But the Walker & other republican recalls are ok? There is something ignorant here......
DK April 04, 2012 at 09:37 PM
It is simply not right to use recalls as a punitive measure when an official votes in a way you don't agree with. That is what elections are for! We all know that recalls in this state are misused. And don't talk to me about the Walker recall. I am one of the numerous folks who spent hours of my time working on Verify the Recall It seems to me that some of you believe recalls are right when it is to your benefit to do so. So, I still say to those Muskego citizens abusing the recall process, "Call off the recalls".
The Anti-Alinsky April 05, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Wolfe Pack Attacks are still going after the election. 72% (yea good way to heal the rift, just keep rubbing it in), what attacks on Mr. Wolfe? I have heard many rumors, some of which I know are true: Many of the signs he put up were not with the permission of the property owner or on city owned property (one was on land owned by a friend of mine). The signs that went up Monday afternoon did not have the authorized and payed for on them (I checked the one out by my house and there was none on there) Some of the literature circulated did not have the authorized and paid for. Notably, the copy of the petition Snead signed. Sounds like you are using a double standard here when it comes to Rob Wolfe.
The Anti-Alinsky April 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
72%, two wrongs don't make a right.
The Anti-Alinsky April 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Amen DK
SoreLOSERS April 05, 2012 at 01:03 AM
It is sad that you all are still arguing on here after it was clear that the candidates destroyed the ones the people did not want in office.
Fact_Or_Crap April 05, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Fact: Rob Wolfe (375) had more votes in the February Primary then Tracy Snead did on the April 3rd election night (361).
Fact_Or_Crap April 05, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Crap
Fact_Or_Crap April 05, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Crap
Fact_Or_Crap April 05, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Crap
DK April 05, 2012 at 01:38 AM
It's not a matter of being a sore loser. Snead is not even my alderman. There was an election and the people chose who they wanted. That is how it is supposed to be! A recall is a whole different matter.
Fact_Or_Crap April 05, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Fact: You just made that persons point, they were not even talking about a recall.
Steven Klinko April 05, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Let's see a month or so ago a illegal Wolfe sign shows up on the corner of my yard and Tracy's two signs are gone and now this morning the two replacement signs are gone again. They did miss one across the street. So 72% you don't know squat.
Matt Johnson April 05, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Hey Lupo, stop the B.S. You won. Tracy is now enjoying some fun in the sun and moving on with her life. What about you? Or will the lot of you still be the dirty, ignorant bunch you always have been?
Fact_Or_Crap April 05, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Crap
Get over the crushing defeat April 05, 2012 at 06:59 PM
His name is not Lupo, and if you look at it, the people who started this arguing after the election is OVER are supporters of the people who lost (Scandihovian Lady). Maybe that person should change their name to soreloser instead of the other guy.
TheRealMuskegoPatch_UnBiased April 05, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Are Matt Johnson and Anti-Alinsky the same person? Reading over past articles you accused people of being Lupo once before...
The Anti-Alinsky April 06, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Nope.
Matt Johnson April 06, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I read that on one these blogs and if you look that word up... And that name was used in other blogs after the primary election.

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