April 5th Election Results
County and municipal elections were held throughout the state today. While these elections are formally nonpartisan, they offer valuable insights of popular sentiments, particularly within the context of the upcoming midterm and gubernatorial elections.
Below are the currently projected winners of today’s notable races:
- Mayor of Milwaukee- Cavalier Johnson; 68%
- Kenosha County Executive- Samantha Kerkman; 56%
UPDATED: Please note an earlier version had the incorrect result in the West Allis-West Milwaukee referendum. Voters overwhelmingly rejected that referendum.
Mayor of Milwaukee
Kenosha County Executive
“Right to Clean Water” Referendums
On today’s ballot, both Eau Claire & La Crosse County voters saw an advisory referendum question which asked if voters felt “… the State of Wisconsin [can] establish a right to clean water to protect human health, the environment, and the diverse cultural and natural heritage of Wisconsin?”
This is not a ballot initiative, but a way for voters to agree or disagree with a statement on their ballots. Approving the referendums will not make immediate change to state law, but elected officials can look at advisory referendums when making policy decisions.
The River Alliance of Wisconsin advocated for the advisory referendum, stating that “Voting YES to the question is a way for voters to show they care about protecting clean drinking water from threats like nitrate, lead, and PFAS contamination.” Both Eau Claire and La Crosse Counties have been identified as having contaminations of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), or otherwise known as the “forever chemical.”
With all precincts reporting, 79% of Eau Claire County voters checked “yes” on this referendum. Similarly, La Crosse County reported 86% of voters being in favor of the referendum. We will update these results as they become official.
- Shall the School District of West Allis-West Milwaukee, et al., Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $149,800,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and facility improvement project to create a single comprehensive high school at a current district high school site, consisting of: safety, security, building systems and infrastructure updates; construction of additions, renovations and improvements, including additions for classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, a gymnasium and an auditorium; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?
- Shall the Wausau School District, Marathon County, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $119,800,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and facility improvement project consisting of: district-wide safety and security, school updates, building infrastructure, capital maintenance and site improvements; remodeling at all middle and high schools; construction of additions at Horace Mann and John Muir Middle Schools, West and East High Schools and Grant, Riverview, South Mountain and Stettin Elementary Schools; construction of a new School Forest Environmental Learning Center; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?