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Monday, November 7, 2016

Presidential, U.S. Senate race tops ballot for local voters Tuesday

The local Pierce County and City of Prescott ballot is top heavy this election year, 2016.

With unopposed incumbents in county races along with an unopposed U.S. Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) and State Assemblyman Warren Petryk (R-Eleva), the focus for voters making their decisions next Tuesday, Nov. 8, will be for U.S. President and one of Wisconsin’s seats in the U.S. Senate.

The state ballot for President will have candidates of the five established parties across the U.S. for the open Oval Office seat as President Barak Obama is term-limited. Those five candidates (and their Vice-Presidential candidates) to succeed him are: Republicans Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence; Democrats Hilary Clinton and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine; Libertarians former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld; Greens Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka; Constitutionalists Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley. 

It is the first time in modern U.S. history and perhaps ever that five non-incumbent candidates to any political office for President have squared off.  Neither Trump or Clinton hold elective office as Trump is running for his very first elective office coming from the business world while Clinton is former U.S. Senator from New York from 2001-2009 and former U.S. Secretary of State from 2009-2013. Johnson was a three-term governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003 as Republican before switching to the Libertarians (his running mate Weld is also a former Republican). Stein is from Massachusetts and is a physician by training who got into politics, being elected to two terms to her Lexington Town Meeting before running for various elective offices in Massachusetts as a candidate of the Green Party.

Also on the state ballot for President will be Monica Moorhead and her running mate Lamont Lilly representing the Workers World Party and Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente and Michael Steinberg of the Reform Party.

The other statewide race on the ballot is for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh) is facing the man he beat six years ago, former U.S. Senator Russell Feingold (D-Middleton). Feingold is trying to become the first candidate for the Senate in a long, long time to defeat the man he lost to in a prior election. Feingold had been a U.S. Senator from 1993-2011 and before then a three-term state senator from 1983-1993. Johnson is serving his first term in any public office as he was the owner of a plastics company before jumping into politics six years ago. Also on the U.S. Senate ballot is Libertarian Party candidate Phil Anderson.

The polls open at 7 a.m. on Nov. 8 and will close at 8 p.m. Polling places in western Pierce County are as follows: City of Prescott – Prescott City Building and Public Library, 800 Borner St.; Town of Clifton – Clifton Town Hall, W11705 Co. Rd. FF; Town of Oak Grove – Oak Grove Town Hall, N4939 1100th St.; and Town of Diamond Bluff – Diamond Bluff Town Hall, W9870 290th Ave.

Persons must arrive no later than 8 p.m. to be able to vote and a valid ID is required to vote. Voters can be pre-registered or register at the polls on Election Day.

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