Sarnwick wins Democratic nomination for 6th District Assembly

Will face Tauchen, Hammond in November

Richard Sarnwick defeated William Switalla in the Democratic primary Tuesday for the 6th District Wisconsin Assembly seat.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting the vote tally was

Sarnwick — 1,453

Switalla — 919

In Shawano County, Sarnwick won 906 votes to 551 for Switalla.

The totals still need to be certified by the Board of Canvass.

Sarnwick now goes on the the Nov. 6 general election where he will face incumbent Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, and Libertarian candidate Michael Hammond.

Sarnwick and Switalla were on the same page on many issues, including their opposition to using taxpayer money to fund private schools, the need for environmental protections, including more possible regulation of large concentrated animal feeding operations and stricter enforcement of regulations already in place, and removing barriers to voting put in place by the Republican-controlled Legislature and governor.

Switalla was making his second bid for the Assembly seat after being defeated by Tauchen two years ago.

Sarnwick, a Shawano doctor, is making his first foray into politics.