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Thu
16
Aug

Bieber wins Republican primary over Gutho

Incumbent Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber turned back a challenge from former chief deputy John Gutho to clinch the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary race.

Bieber will face independent candidate and Shawano police officer Keith Sorlie in the Nov. 6 general election.

The final vote tally, which still has to be certified by the Board of Canvass, was

Bieber — 3,672

Gutho — 2,469

Gutho held his own and in some cases outperformed Bieber in some of the outlying areas of the county, but the vote began trending Bieber’s way as results closer to the city of Shawano, where Bieber resides, started coming in.

Bieber won 963 votes in the city to Gutho’s 418.

“I knew before those numbers came in I wasn’t going to win Shawano,” Gutho said.

Gutho said Bieber’s incumbent status was an advantage for Bieber, but perhaps moreso was the Shawano area’s familiarity with Bieber through his work with the Shawano School District.

Thu
16
Aug

Sarnwick wins Dem nod for 6th District Assembly

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

Sarnwick won 61 percent of the vote to Switalla’s 39 percent. The unofficial 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, a Shawano doctor, is making his first foray into politics.

“I worked hard on knocking on doors in the district and going to parades and doing the debates and doing all the other things that occurred,” Sarnwick said. “I’m happy it turned out this way. It was my first run for office, so I had no idea if I worked hard enough or not.”

Thu
16
Aug

Gallagher plans bills to get Congress to work

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, northeast Wisconsin’s representative in Congress, didn’t want to be on recess this month, and he even crafted a bill to try and keep the House in Washington for August.

He wasn’t successful, but he’s still moving forward with legislation that would keep him and his colleagues focused on the people’s business and not on efforts to remain in office. Between a visit to the Sun Drop Museum in Shawano and a meet-and-greet with the Shawano County Republican Party, Gallagher sat down with The Shawano Leader on Monday to talk about how he’s taking steps to drain the swamp.

“The status quo in D.C. — the swamp — is very powerful, so it’s going to require us to convince our colleagues,” Gallagher said. “I’m hopeful, though, because the next generation on both sides is committed to reforms.”

Thu
16
Aug

Clintonville resident supports reopening pool

Dennis Lichtenberg told the Clintonville Common Council on Tuesday that he believes it is time to do something about the outdoor community swimming pool that has not operated for several years.

The Clintonville resident said he realizes the fire in the bathhouse in 2016 set progress back, but he believes it is possible to move forward. Lichtenberg said he feels residents will support keeping the pool open at a reasonable cost.

“The cost of the renovation of the pump room, the bathhouse, a pool liner if necessary, is the city’s responsibility as, after the pool was built, it was expected the city would maintain it,” Lichtenberg said. “Once the city moves ahead to approve the renovation, then the cost of covering other improvements like a zero entry, a slide, and a splash pad could be started by fundraising and grants if available.”

Thu
16
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 14

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Car keys, a wallet and cellphone were reported stolen in the 1000 block of South Park Street.

Disturbance — A disturbance involving juveniles was reported in the 400 block of South Main Street.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of West Lieg Avenue.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 14

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Webb Street in Wittenberg.

Wed
15
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 13

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 900 block of South Lincoln Street.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 400 block of West Lieg Avenue.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 500 block of South Andrews Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Theft — Three air conditioning units were reported stolen in the 400 block of South Lincoln Street.

Burglary — Police responded to a burglary in progress in the 800 block of South Prospect Street. Two persons broke into the residence, did some damage inside and fled before officers arrived. It is unknown if anything was taken, and the incident is under investigation.

Aug. 12

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Wed
15
Aug

Bieber wins Republican primary over Gutho

Incumbent Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber turned back a challenge from former chief deputy John Gutho to clinch the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary race.

Bieber will face independent candidate and Shawano police officer Keith Sorlie in the Nov. 6 general election.

The final vote tally, which still has to be certified by the Board of Canvass, was

Bieber — 3,672

Gutho — 2,469

Gutho held his own and in some cases outperformed Bieber in some of the outlying areas of the county, but the vote began trending Bieber’s way as results closer to the city of Shawano, where Bieber resides, started coming in.

Bieber won 963 votes in the city to Gutho’s 418.

The candidates differed on a range of issues, including the extent of employee turnover and the level of morale in the sheriff’s department.

Wed
15
Aug

Sarnwick wins Democratic nomination for 6th District Assembly

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.

Sat
11
Aug

2 local races on Tuesday’s primary ballot

Area voters Tuesday will decide which candidates will appear on the ballot in November in the races for Shawano County sheriff and 6th District State Assembly.

Former chief deputy John Gutho is challenging incumbent Sheriff Adam Bieber for the Republican nomination for that office. The winner will face Shawano Police Officer Keith Sorlie, who is running as an independent.

Richard Sarnwick, of Shawano, and William Switalla, of Wittenberg, are competing for the Democratic nomination for the 6th District Assembly seat. One of them will go up against incumbent Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, in the Nov. 6 election.

Employee turnover and department morale have been issues in the sheriff’s race, though the candidates have differed on how serious a problem it is.

“One of my goals on day one is to get together with command staff, the line staff, and figure out what’s going on,” Gutho said during a candidate forum last month.

Sat
11
Aug

Gutho still outpacing Bieber in contributions, spending

Retired chief deputy John Gutho, who is challenging Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber in his bid for reelection, continues to outpace the incumbent in both contributions and campaign spending, according to documents filed this week.

Gutho and Bieber will go head-to-head in Tuesday’s Republican primary. The winner will face Shawano police officer Keith Sorlie, who is running for the office as an independent, in the November election.

Each of the candidates this week filed their second campaign finance reports, covering the month of July.

According to the reports, donations to Gutho’s campaign totaled $1,191 last month, bringing his year-to-date total to $16,375.

Gutho’s campaign spent $3,836 in July, bringing that year-to-date total to $14,133.

Most of those expenses in July included yard signs, brochures, advertising and candy handed out at parades.

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