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New county board members include 2 from La Crosse City Council



A few new faces will be joining the La Crosse County Board, after last week’s election. 

In results released on Monday, La Crosse city council members Gary Padesky and Barb Janssen won county board seats. 

Padesky defeated incumbent supervisor Sharon Hampson.  

Janssen won the seat of Doug Weidenbach, after Weidenbach’s name was left off the ballot for not having enough valid signatures on nomination papers. 

Dawn Wacek unseated Jerome Gundersen, and supervisor Ralph Geary won another term by just two votes over challenger Coey Oliver. 

A majority of the incumbent supervisors won unopposed. 

Joe Biden and Jill Karofsky were other big winners in La Crosse County’s election. 

Biden scored 62 per cent of the votes in the Democratic presidential primary, with Bernie Sanders a distant second. 

In the state Supreme Court race, challenger Karofsky received 66 per cent in La Crosse County, to 34 per cent for incumbent Justice Dan Kelly. 

Onalaska voters gave interim Mayor Kim Smith a full term, as she defeated Terry Bauer. 

Smith moved up from the Onalaska city council to the mayor’s seat when Joe Chilsen suddenly retired before the election. 

She also narrowly held onto her council seat.  

Turnout in La Crosse County was 43 per cent, in an election featuring massive absentee voting and social distancing at polling places because of the coronavirus.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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