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LIVE COVERAGE: Oak Creek Election Results

Roeske, Launstein advance in clerk's race.

Check right here all night long as we bring you the latest election results live from Oak Creek City Hall.

Additional reporting provided by John Meise.

10:55 p.m. And that will do it for the live blog...we'll be back tomorrow for some more coverage.

Thanks for reading.

10:53 p.m. Steve Taylor (46%) and Ken Gehl (29%) will move on in the race for county supervisor. Donald Schwartz (25%) was eliminated.

10:17 p.m. Scaffidi: "Extremely happy. I felt like I was all over the city. I talked to a lot of people. I think I did what I needed to do to get my message out. I think people for the most part agreed with my take on the issues. I had a lot of volunteers that helped out. The weather cooperated and I was able to get out and talk to people.

"Not going to change - the next five weeks, it's going to be more of the same. Talking to people, knocking on doors. Doing the same things.

"I'm just real happy with the results. I think all the candidates ran a positive race and I appreciate that and I'll continue to do that."

10:03 p.m. Verhalen on the results: "Definitely not discouraged at all ... going to go into the general election and see if we can improve the numbers."

10:00 p.m. Voter turnout was 18 percent.

9:49 p.m. Launstein and Roeske have advanced to the general election in the clerk's race. Launstein finished with 1,369 votes (42%) while Roeske had 1,142 votes (35%). Emmer had 763 votes (23%).

9:38 p.m. Scaffidi and Verhalen have officially advanced to the general election. Scaffidi finished with 1,686 votes (49%) and Verhalen had 1,095 (32%). Michalski finished third with 669 votes (19%).

9:35 p.m. Guzikowski, who is here at City Hall, on finishing first in the primary: "There was a statement here, I think, that was made by the constituents, that they feel the same thing I'm feeling."

9:30 p.m. Clerk's race: Launstein 971 (41%); Roeske 870 (37%); Emmer 526 (22%). Five of six districts in.

9:28 p.m. With one district to go, Scaffidi is in a commanding lead with 1,358 votes). Verhalen has 824 votes and Michalski with 513 votes. It appears as though Verhalen and Scaffidi will advance to the general election.

9:25 p.m. Challenger Chris Guzikowski has finished first in the primary for 6th District alderman with 215 votes. Michalski, who was running for alderman as well as mayor, finished second with 147. Both will advance to the general election April 3.

Ed Reader finished third with 29 votes.

9:23 p.m. County supervisor races a little bit more unclear, as the district encompasses most of Oak Creek and Franklin and all of Hales Corners. With four of six Oak Creek districts in, the results show: Steve Taylor 850, Ken Gehl 730 and Donald Schwartz 317.

9:16 p.m. City clerk's race, with 2/3 of the vote in: Launstein 821, Roeske 726, Emmer 444.

9:10 p.m. Four of the six districts in Oak Creek are now posted. In the mayor's race, the totals now stand at Scaffidi 1,053 (50%); Verhalen 665 (32%); Michalski 367 (18%).

9:06 p.m. With 50 percent of the vote in, Launstein leads the clerk's race with 667, followed by Roeske with 607. Emmer has 358.

8:56 p.m. With 50 percent of the vote in, Steve Scaffidi and Mark Verhalen have begun to seperate themselves. Results show Scaffidi 863, Verhalen 564 and Michalski 284.

8:45 p.m. The first of six districts (District 2) is in and shows Steve Scaffidi 170 (47%), Mark Verhalen 129 (36%) and Tom Michalski 62 (17%).

In the city clerk's race: Catherine Roeske 144 (42%), LeAnn Launstein 140 (40%) and Suzette Emmer 61 (18%).

8:35 p.m. Polls have been closed for just over a half hour and poll workers are busy with their reports. City clerk's office says no big issues with the voter ID law or any technical glitches outside of a malfunction of a ballot machine at East Middle School.

6:00 p.m. Polls are open for two more hours as Oak Creek residents decide which candidates will move on to the April 3 general election.

The mayoral primary featuring Tom Michalski, Steve Scaffidi and Mark Verhalen is the race many are keeping an eye on, though Oak Creek residents have other races to decide, too.

The city clerk and circuit court judge are two other citywide races. Most of Oak Creek will vote for Milwaukee County supervisor, and residents in the 6th District are voting for alderman.

Voter turnout seemed to be hit or miss. A healthy turnout was seen at East Middle School (3rd District) and Meadowview Elementary School (5th District), while turnout was relatively low at the school administration building (1st District).

By 8:30 a.m., 70 people had voted at East Middle School, which election officials there said was about normal. But only about 20 residents had voted at the school administrating building by 8 a.m.

One of the ballot machines at East malfunctioned twice at the start of the day but that problem was fixed after an employee at city hall was called in. It caused a small delay of about five minutes.

"At least it's now and not the presidential election," poll worker Betty Nevels said.

No other glitches were reported as of the middle of Tuesday afternoon, Acting City Clerk Christa Miller said.

In addition, poll workers said Tuesday morning they did not have any problems related to the new voter identification law that is in effect for the first time today.

Races impacted by Delphi vote?

The election comes just two weeks after Mayor Al Foeckler broke a 3-3 tie that paved the way for a new city hall and library to be constructed as part of the Delphi redevelopment project at the corner of Howell and Drexel avenues. 

The mayoral candidates were split on the proposal. Michalski voted for the move and Scaffidi against. Verhalen, an Oak Creek-Franklin School Board member, said he favored building a new library at the current site and putting off construction of a city hall.

Voters interviewed by Oak Creek Patch had conflicting opinions as well but said it wasn't the reason why they voted for one candidate over another.

Clarence Lechner, 45, said he's fine with the move as long as property taxes are not impacted.

"I just don't think we should overspend to build a new city hall, but if it's within our budget I think it's OK," he said after voting at the school administration building. 

Theresa Wrecza, a 73-year resident of Oak Creek, preferred to keep them at Puetz and Howell.

I don't think it really should be moved," she said. "I think it should stay where it is."

Sharon Armstrong February 22, 2012 at 04:28 AM
I can only hope that the 82% that did NOT vote have a darn good reason. In my opinion, this is VERY sad!!!!!
Andy February 22, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Congrats Scaffidi....can't wait till we can say bye bye to Chris Larson...
Chris February 22, 2012 at 04:44 AM
No reason here. Just didn't care. And since none of the races was that close, looks like I made the right choice. Sorry you wasted your time, hahaha.
Chris Schuerman February 22, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Yes Sharon I agree, the low turnout is not good. It is also baffling to me that Le Ann Launstein, who was recalled as Milwaukee supervisor is even running for anything. To me, it seems that more people should find out about her. All it takes is a simple google of her name to know the truth.
Patriot February 23, 2012 at 11:01 AM
@Chris-Yes just remember she was recalled for voting in favor of the big payouts!!! Do we really want her involved in Oak Creek? I am surprised she even came out ahead in this primary!! Come on people do your homework on these candidates. She supported big payouts!!

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