Updated: Election Day in Oak Creek

Many offices are on Oak Creek residents' ballots Tuesday. Here is a comprehensive look at the candidates and other things voters should know before heading to the polls.

Welcome to Election Day!

Stay tuned to this page for updates throughout the day. Patch will be checking in at polling places and talking to voters, but if you voted, tell us in the comments what number you were and how it went!

4:40 p.m. That will do it for this story - now, for all the latest news and results!

3:35 p.m. If you have been to the polls, would love to hear who you voted for today and the reasons why!

3:30 p.m. In case you missed it, we also have a for the Republican presidentail race.

Oak Creek Patch will be flipping over to about 4:30 p.m. for more fun stuff.

2:55 p.m. As he walked into his polling place, an elderly gentleman said to me, "I'm just sick of all this election stuff."

Too bad for him, because this is going to be a year-round event. Democratic governor primary in May, recall election in June, U.S. Senate primary in September, presidential election and more in November.

We're just getting started!

2:00 p.m. Now entering the mid-afternoon lull. One poll worker told me that she traffic is the heaviest in the early morning hours and then again as residents get done with work and school.

It was certainly quiet when I stopped by Carollton Elementary just now, as folks were able to go right up to the table.

12:50 p.m. Acting City Clerk Christa Miller said everything going smoothly at the six Oak Creek polling places. Nearly every district had at least 300-350 voters by noon.

"I'm optimistic that things will continue to run smoothly through the afternoon and early evening," Miller said.

12:15 p.m. Whatever the voter turnout % ends up being, you certainly can't blame the weather. Absolutely gorgeous day in Oak Creek today, with the sun out and temps in the 50s.

11:55 a.m. I didn't get a count, but things were looking awfully dead at the community center when I stopped by.

At this point, not sure if having the Republican presidential primary will drive up the voter turnout or not. So far things seem pretty similar to February.

11:40 a.m. One voter told me he disconnected his phone last night because of all the robo-calls. A lot from the judge candidates, as well as Romney and Santorum.

Anyone else have to do the same?

11:25 a.m. Kate Humphries, who is managing the 5th District polling place at Meadowview Elementary School, said 330 people had voted just before 11 a.m. Humphries said they had been "moderately busy" and on par with the February primary.

The 5th District traditionally has one of the highest voter participation rates in the city.

Humphries added that they haven't experienced any problems thus far.

9:30 a.m. - those voting at the Oak Creek Community Center polling place can purchase some baked goods. West Middle School is sponsoring a bake sale, with proceeds going to the technology department. It opened at 7 a.m. and will be open until the polls close at 8 p.m. or all bakery is sold.

Here is a look at the candidates, races and other pertinent voter information:

Citywide races

: In the city's most high-profile race, Mark Verhalen and Steve Scaffidi are vying to replace the late Mayor Dick Bolender.

has all of Patch's previous coverage, including video interviews with the candidates, a replay of two mayoral forums and more.

: Another open seat, with Catherine Roeske and LeAnn Launstein competing to replace Pam Bauer, who retired in October. 

: Incumbent Barbara Guckenberger faces challenger Tony Paladino.

: Voters can pick two candidates out of the three on the ballot: incumbents Brian Kaminski and Kathleen Borchardt and former School Board member Sheryl Cerniglia.

Aldermanic races

Depending on where you live, you may be voting for your representative on the Oak Creek Common Council. Click here for a map of the districts to see if your race is on the ballot.

: Incumbent Dan Bukiewicz faces challenger Zachary Johnson.

: Incumbent Michael Toman takes on challenger Rosemarie Annonson and write-in candidate Steve Kuzma. 

: Incumbent Tom Michalski and challenger Chris Guzikowski are competing for the position.

Milwaukee County races

: Most of Oak Creek, with the exception of a portion on the north end of town, falls in the 9th supervisory district. Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor and Oak Creek Alderman Ken Gehl are running for the position held by Paul Cesarz, who is not running for re-election.

In the 8th District, which includes two wards in Oak Creek, supervisor Pat Jursik is running unopposed.

: Voters will elect the comptroller of Milwaukee County for the first time. Kristie Bunting and Scott Manske are the candidates vying for the position.

: Incumbent Nelson Phillps faces challenger Carolina Stark.

: Hannah Dugan and Lindsey Grady are competing for the open seat.

Presidential primary

Oh, yes...that too. Although there are four active candidates campaigning for the Republican nomination for president, all candidates who have thrown their hat in the ring will still be listed on the ballot: Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum.

Although there are no expected challengers to the sitting Democratic President Barack Obama, it still exists as an option to write in. Note you will be required to fill in the preferred party you will vote in first, then pick an individual candidate within that party.

Voter information

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. To look up your voter information, visit the state's Voter Public Access site; for questions, call the clerk's office at (414) 768-6500.

The city clerk's office has put together a handy guide to voting in Oak Creek that includes sample ballots, absentee voting information and other resources.

The requirement that voters show identification and is not in effect for this election. Voters still have to sign a poll book, however.

The following is a list of Oak Creek polling places:

District 1: , 7630 S. 10th St.

District 2: , 8401 S. 13th St.

District 3: , 9330 S. Shepard Ave.

District 4: , 8965 S. Carollton Drive

District 5: , 10420 S. McGraw Drive

District 6: , 8580 S. Howell Ave.

LuvOC April 02, 2012 at 11:23 PM
And, in case you are wondering how 'partisan' candidates for School Board stand (Who is supported by WEAC and who is considered more Conservative with your money), you may want to look at this link. wisconsinconservatives.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/hello-world/#more-1 Also, Tom Michalski has not hidden that he DID sign the Recall petition. Think before you vote! Good luck to all the candidates.
LuvOC April 03, 2012 at 12:18 AM
That one suprised me a little James....and it will change my vote tomorrow.
Sheryl Cerniglia April 03, 2012 at 02:17 AM
There are many things to consider when voting for any candidate....their history, their voting record, the questions they ask, the answers they give, how they represent their areas. I agree it is important to look at the whole picture!
Schmootzie P April 03, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Sheryl Cerniglia signed the Walker recall petition, and is endorsed by WEAC....that says it all.
Michael Johanson April 03, 2012 at 12:50 PM
LeAnn Launstein was RECALLED as Milwaukee County Supervisor a few years ago. That also says it all. Why would she even run for another office? Oh yeah, that's right, if she is in office for 2 more years she gets the very pension deal she got recalled for! I'm 100% voting for Catherine Roeske.
Mike in OC April 03, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I just got back from doing my civic duty!
Mark Schaaf April 03, 2012 at 02:36 PM
sweet - what number were you? busy polling place?
LuvOC April 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I think I was 196 at about 9:30. And it IS important to look at how people have voted in the past before you jump to a conclusion. However, if an elected official signed a Recall, it should not be a secret or deleted from a post. It's a public document. I use VerifyThe Recall to decide who will do my landscaping, cut my hair and mudjack my drive. I realized my MT signed and was conflicted because I do like her...then I realized I could not give my hard earned money to someone who directly opposes what I believe in. The left has used Boycotts to intimidate business and private citizens for the past year, so one shouldn't be suprised when some people use this to fight back.
Mike in OC April 03, 2012 at 03:36 PM
@mark... I was 30 at around 8am at the Community Center
Schmootzie P April 03, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I was 114 and it was bussier then I remember about 11. Jill , you are so right ! I have been checking verify the recall for everything ! It says a lot about a public official who would sign. We don't need people like that running our local governments or schools.We've seen who they are......thugs , intimidators & bullies
Down in OC April 03, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Thanks for the info. It DOES mean a lot Schmootzie P for a public official to be courageous enough to sign the recall. Those candidates will get my vote!
Irvin Sizmonn April 03, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Roeske > pretty much anthing that breathes
oakcreekeric April 03, 2012 at 08:15 PM
you are 100% false... plus, leann was one of the first (if not THE first) supervisor to sign legislation that prohibited her from receiving any of the pension "deals". please educate yourself prior to spreading misinformation.
oakcreekeric April 03, 2012 at 08:23 PM
then please give an explanation as to why you signed the recall petition. i have yet to go to the polls, i would be curious to hear your explanation.
Mike in OC April 03, 2012 at 09:38 PM
@oakcreekeric which is 100% false that she didnt face a recall election or she didnt vote for the orignal golden goose pension plan?
LuvOC April 03, 2012 at 09:47 PM
DowninoC: Then shouldn't they be as courageous and proud to admit it instead of trying to hide it and justify it? It should have been on the Michalski and Cerniglia Flyers and webpage. I SIGNED THE RECALL!!! Im sorry, I do not see how someone who by signing the recall is stating they are working for the Union can in the same breath, say they are looking out for the taxpayers and children of this community.
LuvOC April 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I was told my political donations were public record and could be used to intimidate and boycott a family business. Guess what? Our turn now.
oakcreekeric April 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
sorry.. should have been a little bit more specific... yes she did vote yes and she was recalled.. however, once the facts came out (remember, there was misinformation provide to the supervisors prior to their vote) she was one of the first supervisors to support legislation to prevent any of the supervisor from receiving the benefits they had just voted for. what is 100% false is what he is saying about being in office for more than 2 yrs and getting the pension benefit. she signed off on ever getting that the moment the true facts came to light on the pension benefit.
oakcreekeric April 03, 2012 at 10:00 PM
also, keep in mind... one of the people involved that passed on invalid/incorrect information to the supervisors was found guilty on felony charges and was sentenced to jail time. the company that was involved in provided the invalid information was ordered to pay some $40+ million dollars in restitution. hard to blame someone who made a decision on invalid information, dont you think?
James F. April 03, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Voting for judge? Carolina Stark & Hannah Dugan also signed the Walker recall petition. Vote for them, if you agree. If not, vote for Phillips & Grady... Serisouly. A judge (& a journalist) should at least pretend that they are not partisan, right?
LuvOC April 03, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Stark is so unqualified compared to Phillips and her only chance at winning is a referendum on Walker. Why would supporting Walker even be an issue for that position? Lindsay Grady also signed the recall, but she is the more qualified of the two.
oakcreekeric April 03, 2012 at 10:14 PM
actually jill... i dont believe the city of oak creek is in the same pension program as the county supervisors were in... so, i dont think she will be able to double dip as you say... as for proving you wrong... i guess the argument could be reversed and i could ask you to prove that she is.. but i really dont want to get into a philosophical discussion about that.. my original point was/is - she DOES NOT qualify for the benefits as the original poster had said...
Down in OC April 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Signing a recall petition does not state someone is, 'working for the union,' as you put, JIll.
Mike in OC April 03, 2012 at 11:11 PM
@oakcreekeric ... I believe what was being referred to can be seen here... http://etf.wi.gov/publications/et7364.pdf
TPaine April 04, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Down in OC, signing the recall does in fact mean you support and are walking hand in hand with the public unions. The whole recall is about the public unions keeping their power. Which is funded by our taxpayer dollars. Sheesh, that is so blatently obvious I have to to question your intelligence and or motives.
Down in OC April 04, 2012 at 11:39 PM
And I certainly question yours, TPaine. Union workers pay taxes, and they have children too, Jill.


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